Po­lice shoot­ing prompts protests in St. Louis

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Protests broke out and po­lice re­sponded with tear­gas af­ter an 18-year-old man was shot dead in a con­fronta­tion with of­fi­cers in St. Louis, Mis­souri, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

The city is close to the trou­ble spot of Fer­gu­son, where a po­lice killing of an un­armed black man last year prompted an­gry protests and a re­newed dis­cus­sion on race and polic­ing in the United States.

Af­ter the shoot­ing Wed­nes­day, in which po­lice say the 18-year-old pointed a gun at po­lice, protesters gath­ered near the shoot­ing lo­ca­tion.

St. Louis Po­lice Chief Sam Dot­son said they threw bot­tles and bricks at po­lice and re­fused to move from an in­ter­sec­tion.

Af­ter other at­tempts to clear the area failed, Dot­son said tear­gas was used to re­open the in­ter­sec­tion.

“Peace was re­stored af­ter a to­tal of nine ar­rests,” he said, adding that video of the in­ci­dent would be re­leased soon.

Later at night, po­lice re­ceived re­ports of bur­glar­ies and a car be­ing set on fire in the area.

“A group of protesters came to­gether and started to do acts of vi­o­lence di­rected not only to­wards law en­force­ment but to­wards the neigh­bor­hood,” Dot­son said in recorded re­marks re­leased by the po­lice depart­ment.

He re­ported that po­lice dis­cov­ered three stolen guns dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions fol­low­ing the shoot­ing that sparked the protests.

The St. Louis Post-Dis­patch re­ported the 18-year-old was killed af­ter two of­fi­cers who were serv­ing a search war­rant opened fire when he pointed a gun at them.

The pa­per re­ported the two of- fi­cers who opened fire were white, and the man killed was black.

Some­times vi­o­lent protests be­gan again in Fer­gu­son this month af­ter peace­ful demon­stra­tions mark­ing the one year an­niver­sary of the shoot­ing that killed another 18-year-old, Michael Brown, es­ca­lated into vi­o­lence and loot­ing.

The of­fi­cer who killed Brown was cleared of any wrong­do­ing.

AP

Po­lice stand guard as fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guish a va­cant house that was set on fire dur­ing protests fol­low­ing a fa­tal of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing in St. Louis, Mis­souri, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 19.

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