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Police action questioned in Ferguson, MO

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FERGUSON, MO (CNN/RNN) - Police fired tear gas at a crowd of protesters Wednesday night after they announced that they no longer found the protest to be peaceful.

Demonstrators continued to seek answers and justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by a police officer.

Among those arrested Wednesday night were Wesley Lowery from the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post reporting on the protests, raising more questions about the police's presence.

Lowery said he was slammed against a soda machine during the arrest at the local McDonald's because the officers claimed he was resisting arrest, which Lowery denied.

Speaking about the officer that arrested him, Reilly claimed, "The worst part was he slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald's and then sarcastically apologized for it."

Both journalists were later released without charges.

The Washington Post's executive editor, Martin D. Baron, condemned Lowery's arrest and the actions of the arresting officers, saying “there was absolutely no justification.”

Wednesday was the fifth day the turmoil has gripped the St. Louis suburb. It was supposed to be the first day of school. For safety, it's been postponed.

Police maintained Brown was shot during a struggle where he tried to grab an officer's weapon, but acknowledge they're still piecing the story together.

"I don't have a clear understanding," Police Chief Thomas Ferguson said. "There are so many witnesses that are coming forward, and we're trying to get them to come in and be interviewed, so that we can actually get that clear picture."

Tiffany Mitchell said she was at the scene and saw the unarmed teen backing away when he was shot.

"He turned around and he puts his hands up like this," she said. "And the cop continued to fire until he just dropped down to the ground, and his face just smacks the concrete."

Officials declined to release that officer's name for his safety.

The White House says President Obama was briefed on the situation Wednesday night and will continue to receive updates.

Gov. Jay Nixon said he will visit Ferguson on Thursday.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved. Raycom News Network contributed to this report.

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