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Aug 16, 2014

Officer in Missouri shooting unaware teen was a suspect: police

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Minutes before a police officer shot him dead, Michael Brown had become a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store, according to police reports released on Friday after days of protests in a St. Louis suburb over the unarmed black teenager’s death.

But what, if anything, that had to do with the fatal encounter became less clear as the day went by. Hours after the reports’ release, police said that Officer Darren Wilson, 28, had no idea 18-year-old Brown was a robbery suspect. He simply wanted Brown to move from the road to the sidewalk, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said at a news conference

Aug 15, 2014

Missouri protests calm as black police captain and state officers replace locals

By Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Protests over the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Missouri were boisterous but peaceable on Thursday night as a small number of state police, led by a newly appointed black captain, replaced riot gear-clad local forces and mingled with the crowd.

Missouri’s governor Jay Nixon hours earlier put Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson in charge of security in the town of Ferguson after almost a week of clashes between protesters and police firing tear gas and stun grenades. Dozens of people have been arrested amid looting, shooting and vandalism.

Aug 15, 2014

Missouri takes control of security away from Ferguson police

By Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor moved on Thursday to calm days of racially charged protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Captain Ron Johnson, who grew up in Ferguson, told reporters he would take a new approach after complaints that police have used heavy-handed tactics, arresting dozens of protesters and using teargas and pepper pellets to break up crowds.

Aug 14, 2014

Missouri protests call attention to police ‘militarization’

By Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – A U.S. military program that sends armored cars, camouflage and other battlefield equipment to police departments is under fresh scrutiny as demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, get ready for a fifth straight night of protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager.

The hundreds of people who have gathered each night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by an unnamed police officer last Saturday have been met with police clad in body armor and using tear gas, smoke bombs and stun grenades.

Aug 14, 2014

Obama urges police to respect protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

By Nick Carey and Jeff Mason

FERGUSON Mo./EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called on police Thursday to respect demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, in an attempt to defuse tensions after four nights of often-violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

“There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting,” Obama said a televised remarks.

Aug 14, 2014

More unrest in Missouri, police fire tear gas

By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police in Ferguson, Missouri, fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters late on Wednesday, on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting last weekend of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

Clouds of smoke lingered above an area hit with police tear gas police as the crowd of some 350 protesters scattered off into side streets and into cars. Someone from the crowd appeared to throw an object at police.

Aug 14, 2014

Police chief says officer in Missouri shooting was injured

By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, was injured in the incident that has sparked racially charged protests, the city’s police chief said on Wednesday.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson told a news conference the unidentified officer was treated at a hospital for swelling on the side of his face, one of the few details released about events surrounding the Saturday night shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Aug 13, 2014

Missouri police call for daylight rallies after violence flares

By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday urged demonstrators to rally only during daylight hours after three nights of sometimes violent protests sparked by the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a yet unnamed police officer.

Another march and rally were planned for Wednesday afternoon, the latest in a series that have gripped the largely black suburban St. Louis neighborhood since Saturday’s officer-involved shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown.

Aug 13, 2014

Obama says Missouri shooting death tragic, reflection needed

By Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy on Tuesday and urged a thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting and arrests in a St. Louis suburb.

He promised a full investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the case, which has provoked outrage in the largely African-American town of Ferguson.

Aug 13, 2014

Shooting of black teen highlights racial divide in Missouri town

FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) – The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, and subsequent violent protests, highlight a stubborn racial divide in a St Louis suburb that has struggled to build healthy relations between blacks and whites.

From the 1970s, Ferguson, pop. 21,000, changed from being overwhelmingly white to predominantly black as whites left the town and its surrounding areas, seeking to avoid racial integration of public schools.

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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