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US Police Shooting Death of Unarmed Black Teenager Sparks Riots

Passers-by take a closer look Aug. 11, 2014, at the ATM that was removed and opened after violence erupted overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, following a candle-light memorial for shooting victim Michael Brown, 18.
Passers-by take a closer look Aug. 11, 2014, at the ATM that was removed and opened after violence erupted overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, following a candle-light memorial for shooting victim Michael Brown, 18.
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A police shooting that resulted in the death of an unarmed black teenager has sparked protests and rioting in the U.S. state of Missouri.

At least 32 people were arrested after Sunday night's unrest near the town of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.

Officials say they will face charges for various offences including assault, burglary and theft.

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The violence broke out after demonstrators gathered for a vigil near the site of the shooting.

Television footage shows a crowd of protesters confronting a line of riot police. Later, as the initial demonstration dissipated, rioters were seen looting stores and setting fire to a gas station.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles called for calm and promised a thorough and impartial investigation by local officials. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it will launch a separate investigation into the incident as well.

Michael Brown,18, was killed on Saturday during an encounter with a police officer. The details remain unclear.

Local media says the case has highlighted tensions between the mainly black suburb of Ferguson and the majority white police force.

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by: YIDANA ZAKARI from: ghana
August 13, 2014 3:11 AM
simmering tensions between the black community and whites in america must be quelled and sibsequently all those found to have misconducted themselves be punished. America has gone past the dark periods of racism and discrimination


by: Rudy Haugeneder from: Canada
August 11, 2014 5:02 PM
Unfortunately, in many parts of the United States, being a Black youth is like being a young Palestinian Muslim in Israel -- very, very dangerous and life threatening.

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