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Ferguson unrest: Protests cool down after US Attorney-General Eric Holder visits town

Published on Aug 21, 2014 4:32 PM
 
Attorney-General Eric Holder talks with Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florrissant, Missouri on Aug 20, 2014. Protests in the strife-torn town of Ferguson cooled late on Wednesday after the top United States law enforcement official pledged a full investigation into the slaying of teenager Michael Brown that kicked off days of racially charged unrest. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - Protests in the strife-torn town of Ferguson cooled late on Wednesday after the top United States law enforcement official pledged a full investigation into the slaying of teenager Michael Brown that kicked off days of racially charged unrest.

Police said six people were arrested, down from 47 on Tuesday, and that demonstrators refrained from throwing projectiles and firing weapons as they had in the worst moments of the rioting in this St Louis suburb.

Earlier on Wednesday, Attorney-General Eric Holder met the parents of Brown, a black unarmed 18-year-old who was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug 9.

Mr Holder promised the family in a private meeting there would be a "fair and independent" inquiry into the death of their son.

 
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