Date
18 August 2017
A protester is carried after being overcome by tear gas as police disperse the crowd after a midnight curfew in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo:AFP
A protester is carried after being overcome by tear gas as police disperse the crowd after a midnight curfew in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo:AFP

Police kill another black man in Missouri, stoking tensions

Police killed another African American man in Missouri, further raising tensions in the US state where authorities are trying to quell nightly riots over the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson last week, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Angry residents of a black neighborhood in St. Louis, near Ferguson, accused the police of excessive force after two officers fired several bullets at a 23-year-old man described as carrying a knife and behaving erratically.

Local police chief Sam Dotson said the man did not obey orders for him to drop his knife and was within four feet of the officers when they shot him.

Ferguson officials issued a plea for “night-time quiet and reconciliation” on Tuesday after another night of chaos 10 days after the shooting of Brown in circumstances that remain disputed.

At least 78 people were arrested in clashes with protesters on Sunday night and Monday morning, the report said, citing jail records obtained by local journalists. The unrest continued despite a massive show of force by riot police and newly arrived national guard units.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis County said on Tuesday that 57 had been booked at the county jail, and that more may have been detained elsewhere.

Brown’s parents, appearing on the Today show on NBC, said they believed the unrest would be alleviated if Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed their son, was prosecuted.

“Justice will bring peace I believe,” Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, told the Today show’s Matt Lauer. “Him being arrested, charges being filed and a prosecution. Him being held accountable for what he did.”

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