The Courier-Mail

PEACE MARCH TURNS BLOODY

One dead as shots fired amid Ferguson protest

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FERGUSON: A man who authoritie­s say shot at officers on the anniversar­y of an unarmed black teen’s death was critically wounded when they shot back, St Louis County’s police chief said yesterday.

Chief Jon Belmar said officers had been tracking the man during a protest marking the death of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old whose killing by a white Ferguson policeman sparked a national debate over police brutality and the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The anniversar­y of Brown’s killing has caused days of renewed protests, though until Sunday they had been peaceful and without any arrests. For the first time in three consecutiv­e nights of demonstrat­ions, some officers were dressed in riot gear, including bulletproo­f vests and helmets with shields. Police at one point shot smoke to disperse a lingering crowd, Belmar said.

The shooting happened shortly after a separate inci- dent that the chief called “an exchange of gunfire between two groups” about 11.15pm while protesters were gathered in a business zone that saw rioting and looting last year after Brown’s killing. The shots sent protesters a running for cover.

None of the officers was seriously injured. All four have been put on standard admin. They were not wearing body cameras.

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 ?? Pictures: AP/AFP ?? FATEFUL DAY: Police take cover (top) as a barrage of gunfire erupts during a protest on the first anniversar­y of the shooting of Michael Brown (left); and (above) a suspect lies hurt and handcuffed in a parking lot.
Pictures: AP/AFP FATEFUL DAY: Police take cover (top) as a barrage of gunfire erupts during a protest on the first anniversar­y of the shooting of Michael Brown (left); and (above) a suspect lies hurt and handcuffed in a parking lot.

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