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Protests, looting in US city after police shoot unarmed teen

Published on Aug 11, 2014 6:39 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Protesters clashed with police and looted stores in the Midwestern US suburb of St. Louis, a day after an officer shot dead an unarmed black teen, local media reported on Monday.

Police armed with clubs hurled tear gas and deployed officers with dogs to curb the violence which erupted late Sunday in the suburb in Missouri, media report. But local law enforcement officers were quickly overwhelmed and had to urgently call for backup from nearby communities, KSDK TV 5 said.

Video posted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed a QuikTrip gas station convenience store plundered and set on fire. Looters also raided a Walmart and several other smaller stores, and set fires elsewhere, the newspaper reported.

The violence broke out after large crowds of mostly African-American protesters gathered Sunday for a vigil at the spot where police shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown a day ago.

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