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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.

Aug 18, 2014

Curfew re-imposed in Missouri city where black teen shot by police

By Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Authorities on Sunday imposed a midnight curfew for the second night a row in the tense St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot to death last week by police.

They blocked off at least one street to vehicle traffic before the sun even set. The move came as scores of protesters had already begun gathering along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, the site of ongoing protests as well as violence and looting since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death on Aug. 9.

Aug 17, 2014

Some clashes in Ferguson, Missouri, despite night curfew

By Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Protesters and police clashed early on Sunday despite a night curfew imposed on Ferguson, Missouri to try to quell days of violence that erupted after an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer a week ago.

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton called for an end to violence and looting. A person was shot and critically wounded during the night, and it was not clear why. The shooter was still at large, police said.

Aug 17, 2014

Police enforce curfew against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

By Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police enforced a curfew against protesters angry at the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, clearing the streets of demonstrators early on Sunday during a tense standoff.

“You must disperse immediately,” a law enforcement official warned over a loudspeaker as police slowly moved down the street where dozens of demonstrators remained after the curfew took effect at midnight local time. Officers were equipped with gas masks and full-length shields, standing among armored vehicles.