Missouri police fire tear gas, stun grenades in fourth night of racially-charged protests
Published on Aug 14, 2014 2:29 PM
FERGUSON (REUTERS) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, fired tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs, to disperse some 350 protesters late on Wednesday, the fourth night of racially-charged demonstrations after police shot to death an unarmed black teen.
Some demonstrators hurled rocks at police as others scattered down side streets and into cars, while smoke engulfed the area. A Reuters reporter saw two young men preparing what appeared to be petrol bombs in a bus-stop shelter, their faces covered by bandanas.
Protesters have gathered every night since Saturday when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death in the mostly black suburb of St. Louis, during what authorities said was a struggle over a gun in a police car.
National figures from President Barack Obama to civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton have called for a peaceful response to the shooting. Obama, who is vacationing on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, was briefed on Wednesday night about events in Ferguson by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and US Attorney General Eric Holder, the White House said.
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