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Aug 20, 2014

Police move against protesters as calm dissolves in Ferguson, Missouri

By Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday, then charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved during an 11th night of protests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

Protests in the town of 21,000, a predominantly African-American suburb of St. Louis, have been punctuated by looting, vandalism and clashes between demonstrators and police every night since Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9.

Aug 20, 2014

Missouri suburb braces for more racial unrest amid appeals for calm

By Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police in Ferguson, Missouri, braced for another night of racially charged unrest on Tuesday as the governor and U.S. attorney general appealed for calm in the St. Louis suburb 10 days after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

The predominantly African-American community of 21,000 people has been gripped by street protests punctuated by looting and clashes with police every night since the unarmed, 18-year-old Brown was killed by a white police officer.

Aug 20, 2014

Funeral planned for Missouri teen shot by police as clashes persist

By Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Funeral services are planned on Monday for an unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a white policeman in Missouri has ignited more than a week of racially charged clashes in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

The violence has captured international headlines, raising questions about the state of U.S. race relations nearly six years after Americans elected their first black president.

Aug 19, 2014

Ferguson residents try to get on with life after days of protest

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read “Hands Up Don’t’ Shoot,” these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry.

With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals in the small Missouri town of just 6 square miles (16 square km) are trying to get on with their normal lives.

Aug 19, 2014

U.S. police come under gunfire, 31 arrested in Missouri racial unrest

By Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police came under “heavy gunfire” and 31 people were arrested, authorities said on Tuesday, during racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.

“Not a single bullet was fired by officers despite coming under heavy attack (on Monday night),” State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told a news conference.#

Aug 19, 2014

U.S. police fire tear gas, stun grenades at protesters in Missouri town

, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas and
stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday,
after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed
black teenager by a white policeman.

The police action came after hours of street protests that
had been tense but mostly peaceful, Reuters witnesses said,
adding that a projectile hurled from a crowd of protesters
shattered on the ground and erupted into flames.

Aug 19, 2014

National Guard deploys as curfew lifted in violence-hit Missouri town

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor lifted the curfew for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday as National Guard troops were called out after days of violent unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman.

The National Guard deployment is the latest in a series of steps by authorities to end the looting and burning of stores that have punctuated protests and raised questions about race relations in the United States since the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, more than a week ago.

Aug 19, 2014

Missouri governor lifts Ferguson curfew as National Guard called in

By Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifted the curfew for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday and began deploying National Guard troops to help quell days of rioting and looting spurred by the fatal shooting of a black unarmed teenager by a white policeman.

Nixon, who had declared a state of emergency for the town on Saturday and ordered that the streets be cleared for a curfew that ran from midnight to 5 a.m., said the National Guard would fall under the supervision of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Aug 18, 2014

Autopsy shows Ferguson police shot unarmed black teen 6 times

FERGUSON Missouri (Reuters) – An unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased’s family said on Monday.

The path of one bullet indicates 18-year-old Michael Brown may have been lowering his head in surrender when the fatal shot hit, said Daryl Parks, the family’s lawyer.

Aug 18, 2014

Gunfire heard as police scatter Missouri shooting protesters

FERGUSON Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor said on Monday he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson where authorities used tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse a crowd protesting last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police.

In an executive order signed after midnight, Governor Jay Nixon said he was dispatching the U.S. state militia to help restore peace after demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and shot at police as well as a civilian, a description of the protest that differed widely from some eyewitness accounts.