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Ferguson unrest: Police say 47 arrested in latest protest

Published on Aug 20, 2014 2:23 PM
Police officers arrest a demonstrator on August 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. -- PHOTO: AFP

FERGUSON (REUTERS, AFP) – Police said Wednesday they had arrested 47 people during a night of protests in Ferguson, the Missouri town rocked by violence over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said protesters threw bottles of water and urine at police towards the end of Tuesday night's protest, prompting officers to intervene after an otherwise peaceful night.

"As of 1:00 am we have 47 arrests," he told a press conference, adding that police had also seized three guns from demonstrators.

Capt Johnson stressed that unlike a protest Monday night, protesters did not fire guns at police and police refrained from using tear gas to break up the rally.

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