PEACE MARCH TURNS BLOODY
One dead as shots fired amid Ferguson protest
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.