Police, protesters collide again in Missouri town

Police, protesters collide again in Missouri town
The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the Missouri city where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a police officer.

Protesters filled the streets after nightfall on Monday, and officers trying to enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. Police fired tear gas and flash grenades, and deployed noisemakers and armoured vehicles to push demonstrators back.

Molotov cocktails and bottles were thrown from the crowd and some officers came under heavy gunfire, said Capt Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of security in Ferguson.

At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, he said. Four officers were injured by rocks or bottles. A photographer and two German reporters were arrested and later released.

The latest clashes came after a day in which a pathologist hired by the family of Michael Brown’s family said the 18-year-old suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned. But the pathologist said the team that examined Brown cannot be sure yet exactly how the wounds were inflicted until they have more information.

Brown’s August 6 slaying by a white officer has inflamed racial tensions in Ferguson, a predominantly black St Louis suburb where the police force is mostly white.


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