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Unrest Continues in St. Louis Suburb After Police Shooting

  • VOA News

Police wearing riot gear stand at a post as they wait for a crowd to disperse in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 11, 2014.

The small midwestern town of Ferguson, Missouri, was plagued by a second night of unrest sparked by the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

Police officers dressed in riot gear used tear gas and rubber bullets Monday night to disperse a large crowd that had gathered at the site of a convenience store that had been looted and burned the night before. At least 32 people were arrested during Sunday night's violence, and they are facing various charges including assault, burglary and theft.

The small town of 21,000 residents located near St. Louis has been on edge since Michael Brown, 18, was killed Saturday as he and a friend walked from a convenience store.

Ferguson Police officials say Brown physically assaulted the officer inside his police cruiser, but witnesses say Brown was shot numerous times even though his hands were raised to show he was surrendering.

The unidentified officer has been placed on administrative leave. The FBI has opened a separate investigation into the shooting to determine if Brown's civil rights were violated. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement Monday saying the case "deserves a fulsome review."

The case has highlighted tensions between the majority black suburb of Ferguson and its mostly white political leadership and police force.