Ferguson unrest: New clashes as Obama urges calm

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Ferguson unrest New clashes as Obama urges calmUS police say they have arrested 31 during another night of angry protests in the town of Ferguson in the of Missouri.

Unrest flared hours after President called for calm following the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on 9 August.

The US attorney is due to visit Ferguson on Wednesday to meet federal investigating the .

The National Guard has been deployed to support police operations.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the deployment on Monday, in addition to lifting a night-time curfew imposed on the weekend.

The of Mr Brown by a white policeman in a street has inflamed racial tensions in the largely black community of Ferguson.

Officer Darren Wilson shot the teenager last week after reportedly stopping him for walking in the street.


Police Ron Johnson said officers were forced to use tear gas on after they came under “heavy gunfire” and were attacked with petrol bombs and bottles.

He said two were hit by gunfire from demonstrators, insisting that officers did not use weapons.

Officers made several arrests on Monday night as the violence escalated

A protester had milk poured over his face to counter the effects of tear gas

Capt Johnson appealed to demonstrators to protest in the daytime to prevent a “tiny minority of breakers” from deliberately sparking violence. [eap_ad_2] “Anyone who has been at these protests understands that there is a dangerous dynamic in the night: it allows a small number of violent to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos,” he told journalists.

Those arrested include from other states, including York and California, Capt Johnson said. Correspondent say this suggests the protests are becoming more organised.

In an earlier statement, US Attorney Eric Holder said he would “personally travel” to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet FBI investigators and prosecutors.

“I realise there is tremendous interest in the facts of the incident that led to Michael Brown’s death, but I ask for the public patience as we conduct this ,” Mr Holder said.

He added that the into the shooting of 18-year- Mr Brown “a critical step in restoring trust between enforcement and the community, not just in Ferguson, but beyond”.

Separately, President Barack said he understood the “passions and anger” provoked by the death of the teenager.

But he also stressed that giving into anger “by looting or carrying guns and even attacking the police only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos”.

Mr said he recognised that in many communities in the US a “gulf of mistrust” existed between local residents and enforcement.”In too many communities, too many young men of colour are left behind and seen only as objects of fear,” he said. (BBC)[eap_ad_3]