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Missouri Shooting: Shots Fired Amid Late Protests

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/18/2014

An executive order from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon sends National Guard troops to Ferguson, where protesters clashed with police on Sunday. Questions continue to surround the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Demonstrators are making their voices heard. What were peaceful Sunday protests during the day, police say, took an ugly turn after nightfall. "Molotov cocktails were thrown," says Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. "There were shootings, looting, vandalism, and other acts of violence that clearly appear not to have been spontaneous but premeditated criminal acts." In one area of Ferguson, Missouri, protesters marched toward police, chanting, don't shoot," with their arms in the air. Police launched tear gas canisters into the crowd, as a handful of protesters stood their ground for a time, throwing the canisters back. "We were peaceful," says one protester. "This is unacceptable and this is not the law." "We was right in front of the command center, just simply wanting to bend down to our knees with our hands up and say to the police, 'Our hands are up. Don't shoot'," says Lisha Williams, a protester. "And all of a sudden, the tanks came around, and they was shooting tear gas." CNN crews reported hearing gunshots. Officials say shots were fired at police. St. Louis County Police say during the protests on Sunday, at least two people were shot, stressing that those victims were not shot by police. The demonstrations stem from the police shooting of Michael Brow, earlier this month. His family, having requested an independent autopsy, released the preliminary results on Sunday,. The report shows the unarmed teenager was shot six times,. four times in the right arm and twice in the head. Police, last week, said the initial autopsy found Brown died of gunshot wounds, but they didn't offer any more details.

   
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