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Michael Brown Shooting
     Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/ZUMA (bios)
Looting, protests, tear gas, rubber bullets - these are the images from Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, now in a state of emergency after more than a week of unrest following the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown, 18, was killed by a police officer on 9 August 2014, sparking clashes between police and protesters. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Ferguson in rallies that ranged from peaceful to violent, demanding information and justice for what was widely viewed as a reckless shooting. The Ferguson police department has come under harsh criticism for refusing to clarify the circumstances of the shooting and for responding to protests with military-style operational gear. The shooting is under investigation by St. Louis County and by the F.B.I., working with the Justice Department's civil rights division and the office of Attorney General Holder. According to the US Census Bureau : 21,205 Population Ferguson Missouri, 65% African American, 6% Police Officers are black, 9% Unemployment, 21% Families living below the poverty line.
Michael Brown Shooting
     Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/ZUMA (bios)
Looting, protests, tear gas, rubber bullets - these are the images from Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, now in a state of emergency after more than a week of unrest following the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown, 18, was killed by a police officer on 9 August 2014, sparking clashes between police and protesters. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Ferguson in rallies that ranged from peaceful to violent, demanding information and justice for what was widely viewed as a reckless shooting. The Ferguson police department has come under harsh criticism for refusing to clarify the circumstances of the shooting and for responding to protests with military-style operational gear. The shooting is under investigation by St. Louis County and by the F.B.I., working with the Justice Department's civil rights division and the office of Attorney General Holder. According to the US Census Bureau : 21,205 Population Ferguson Missouri, 65% African American, 6% Police Officers are black, 9% Unemployment, 21% Families living below the poverty line.