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Rioting erupts after shooting death of black teen in Missouri

Published on Aug 11, 2014 3:05 PM
 

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Rioting and looting erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, late on Sunday and spread to neighboring towns as protests over the killing of a black teenager by a police officer turned violent, police said.

Crowds broke the windows of cars and stores, set a building alight and looted shops following a day of demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old shot on Saturday by a Ferguson police officer.

There is "a lot of unrest up there, and a lot of rioting going on, and looting," Officer Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St Louis County Police Department, said early yesterday.

He said the unrest had spread from Ferguson, a largely black St Louis suburb, to adjacent communities. About 150 officers in riot gear from throughout St Louis County had been sent to the area.

 
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