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Ferguson unrest: Fresh violence in riot-hit US town, new autopsy ordered

Published on Aug 18, 2014 7:35 AM
 

FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - The trooper put in charge of tamping swirling racial tensions in this St Louis suburb vowed Sunday to stay "as long as it takes," after one person was shot and seven arrested in fresh violence.

Captain Ron Johnson also apologized for a white police officer's shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which caused long-simmering tensions to spill over for more than a week since his death in Ferguson, home to a black majority.

The US Justice Department announced that a federal medical examiner would carry out a second autopsy on Brown's body, citing the case's "extraordinary circumstances." A first one has already been performed.

"I want to start off by talking to Mike Brown's family. I want you to know my heart goes out to you, and I say that I'm sorry," Johnson said to loud cheering and applause from a crowd of more than 1,300 people at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson.

Capt. Ronald Johnson (right) of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city of Ferguson, speaks at an event at the Greater Grace Church by first apologizing to Michael Browns family on Aug 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The trooper put in charge of tamping swirling racial tensions in this St Louis suburb vowed Sunday to stay "as long as it takes," after one person was shot and seven arrested in fresh violence. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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