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FBI opens probe after police shooting of black US teen; 32 arrested during riots

Published on Aug 12, 2014 4:01 AM
A QuikTrip convenience store burns during a night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri on August 10, 2014. Police arrested 32 people after rioting and looting erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, late on Sunday and spread to neighbouring towns in protests that turned violent over the killing of a black teenager by a police officer. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a civil rights probe on Monday after police shot an unarmed black teenager in Missouri and triggered a night of rioting and inflamed racial tensions.

Mayor James Knowles of the St Louis suburb of Ferguson promised a thorough and impartial investigation by county officials into Saturday's death of aspiring college student Michael Brown, 18.

"The only thing I can tell my community now is to remain calm," said Knowles on CNN television. "I understand the rage and anger of people, but this is not constructive."

St Louis County police said two officers were injured overnight and 32 people arrested for theft, assault or burglary in Ferguson, home to 21,000 people, two-thirds of them African-American.

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