Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Running Battles In Streets Of Ferguson As Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Shot At Least 6 Times

Police and protesters clash again in Ferguson after it emerged that the 18-year-old was shot by police at least 6 times.
Demonstrators react as police fire tear gas at them 

Running battles broke out between police and protesters in the Missouri suburb of Ferguson on Sunday evening as violence over the death of a black teenager entered its second week.

The anger erupted as autopsy results emerged showing that Michael Brown, 18, had been shot six times – with two bullets to the head.

The latest violence erupted well before a midnight curfew amid reports that two people had been taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.

An angry mob overran police lines threatening to also overrun a commander centre set up in superstore car park, according to the man leading the operation.

Capt Ron Johnson ordered journalists out of the way as his men formed up in ranks to defend the post.

"There are people here who tried to overrun the command centre," he told The UK Telegraph. "Get out of here now."

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse the crowd

Meanwhile a private autopsy report showed that Michael Brown, died after being shot at least six times, according to the New York Times.

Citing Dr Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, the newspaper reported that the victim was shot twice in the head.

Earlier in the day, family members, campaigners, and the general public assembled at a rally at Greater Grace Church.

Demonstrators speak to Capt. Ronald Johnson who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city 

Al Sharpton, the civil rights activists, told the congregation to prepare for difficult days ahead as autopsy results emerged from three investigations.

"This is a defining moment in this country," he told the crowd.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown, attend a rally at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson

President Barack Obama has received regular briefings on the situation in Ferguson while holidaying in Martha's Vineyard.

The Department of Justice and the St Louis County Police department are investigating the death.

Crucial facts are disputed by police officers and witnesses.

Police say that after Wilson asked Brown to move out of the road on to a sidewalk, Brown reached into the patrol car and struggled with Wilson for the officer's gun. Wilson, who sustained a facial injury, then shot Brown a number of times.

A friend of Brown disputed the claims, and said the 18-year-old died as he tried to give himself up.

More than 100 people gathered in St Louis on Sunday in support of Darren Wilson, the officer responsible, who has been placed on administrative leave as investigations continue.

“He’s been tried and convicted in the court of the media,” said one woman, who declined to give her name such is the febrile atmosphere.

A man tries to recover after being hit by tear gas 

Telegraph UK, RT

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