Violence flares up again in Ferguson over police shooting of black teen

Violence flares up again in Ferguson over police shooting of black teen

Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:28PM GMT

A large number of Americans have held another demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the killing of an African-American teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer last week.

On August 9, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed by police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Since then, protests over the fatal shooting have been held in predominantly black town every night.

Protests against racial discrimination against blacks and other communities were also held in dozens of other cities and towns across the United States.

On Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets and engaged in a bitter standoff with police. They clashed with police officers, who had donned riot gear and had been accompanied by armored vehicles.

The protesters criticized the police for killing the unarmed black teenager and called for an end to the racial killings.

In the early hours of the day, some angry protesters smashed glass windows and allegedly looted local businesses in Ferguson.

A silent protest was also held against police brutality outside the White House in Washington, DC.

The violence came after Ferguson police on Friday released new details in the fatal shooting. Police identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot and killed the unarmed Africa-American teenager.

But Police Chief Thomas Jackson also released documents and surveillance video of a convenience-store theft, labeling Brown as the “primary suspect” in the incident.

The family of Brown said that they are “beyond outraged” at the police’s attempts “to assassinate the character of their son” in order to “justify the execution style murder.”

On Thursday, US President Barack Obama called for “peace and calm” and urged police to respect protesters. He also demanded an investigation into the killing.

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