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Ferguson unrest: New fatal police shooting near protest town threatens to raise tension

Published on Aug 20, 2014 9:35 AM
A demonstrator is arrested while protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - Police shot dead a knife-wielding man on Tuesday near the US town roiled by 10 days of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, threatening to further ratchet up tensions.

It came as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson on Aug 9, said that the 18-year-old college student's funeral would be held on Monday.

Civic leaders in Ferguson, in Missouri, had called for "night-time quiet and reconciliation" after another night of protests and violence in the majority black town. But a short drive away in St. Louis proper, police - who have been criticised for an aggressive response to the demonstrations - faced yet more scrutiny when they shot dead an apparently agitated man armed with a knife who yelled "kill me now" and approached a patrol.

The world's media descended on the street, dozens of reporters having been in nearby Ferguson covering the ongoing unrest that has cast an unfavourable light on the United States' racial divide, as well as law-enforcement tactics.

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