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US riots flare over black teen killing



Ferguson (US): Racially charged protests flared overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, in an eruption of fresh anger over the fatal August 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

Tensions had temporarily cooled on Thursday night but by Friday evening, protesters were again swarming through a residential and retail district in the small town outside St Louis that has become the site of repeated clashes between black residents and mostly white police forces.

Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, an African-American who was named by Governor Jay Nixon to lead security in the town on Thursday, said police fired a teargas canister at a crowd near a food and drinks store and broader violence and looting erupted.

Some protesters threw bottles at riot gear-clad police who had ordered the crowd to disperse.

Tensions have been high since police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, 18, shortly after noon last Saturday as Brown and a friend walked down a street that runs through an apartment complex where Brown's grandmother lives.

Robbery suspect

Emotions ramped up again Friday when authorities finally gave in to days of pressure and released the name of the officer who shot Brown, but did so only after first saying that Brown was a suspect in the robbery of a convenience store  at the time he was shot, a move that supporters of Brown's family called a "smear" campaign.

Friday's looting started at the store where Brown was accused of taking cigars, Johnson said. The move to name the dead teen as a robbery suspect while withholding photos and other information about the officer who shot him drew immediate ire.


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