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Anger Erupts Following the Shooting of Unarmed Teen Michael Brown

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police over the weekend resulted in protests, peaceful prayer vigils, public outrage and looting in a St. Louis. Mo. suburb. Family members say Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was walking with another man on Saturday when they were confronted by a police officer. From there, the details of what happen remain unclear. Police say that some sort of physical altercation between the officer and men broke out, and the officer was pushed back into his car. The police department claims that the men fought “over the officer’s weapon,” and at least one shot was fired in the car. Moments later, Michael Brown—who was unarmed—was dead from multiple gunshot wounds 35 feet from the police car. However, a witness told local KMOV that Brown had started to get down with his hands up when he was shot repeatedly. The FBI will assist the local police department in an internal investigation of the incident.

Members of the community gathered outside of the police station on Sunday, demanding answers. The president of the local NAACP chapter said in a statement, “We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting. We strongly encourage residents to stay away from the crime scene so that no additional citizens are injured.” Following the peaceful protest, a number of individuals began rioting and looting local stores, and at least one building was burned …

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