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One shot, seven arrested in clashes after curfew in Ferguson, Missouri

Published on Aug 17, 2014 5:46 PM
 

FERGUSON, UNITED STATES (REUTERS) - One person was shot and critically wounded and seven arrested early on Sunday as police in Ferguson, Missouri, clashed with protesters when a curfew was imposed following days of unrest over a black teenager being shot dead by a white police officer.

US Attorney-General Eric Holder has ordered the Justice Department to conduct an independent autopsy of the teen.

Scores of demonstrators remained in the streets after the curfew took effect at midnight (1pm Sunday Singapore time). Law enforcement officials used loudspeakers to warn protesters to disperse immediately. Officers, equipped with gas masks and full-length shields, stood among and on top of armoured vehicles.

Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and announced the five-hour curfew after a week of racially charged protests and looting over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, in the suburban St. Louis community in the Midwest US state on Aug 9.

A protester reaches down to throw back a smoke canister as police clear a street after the passing of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Sunday, Aug 17, 2014. One person was shot and critically wounded and seven arrested early on Sunday as police in Ferguson, Missouri, clashed with protesters. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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