One shot as U.S. protesters defy curfew over killing of black teenager

Missouri, Ferguson, teenage shooting protest

At least one person was shot Sunday in Missouri, United States, after protesters defied a curfew imposed to contain a week-long turmoil over the shooting dead of a black teenager by a police officer last week.

The victim in Sunday’s shooting was in critical condition but was not shot by the police, Reuters news agency quoted local authorities as saying.

Seven people were also arrested for defying the curfew, Reuters reported.

Police fired smoke bombs and tear gas at protesters after the curfew came into effect midnight in Ferguson, Missouri, where the teenager was killed.

The town has been in tumult in the last one week after the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown on a street on 9 August.

On Friday, amid protest, the police named the officer involved in the shooting as 28-year -old Darren Wilson.

Mr. Brown’s family demand that the officer be held accountable.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting for any civil rights violations, Reuters said.

Police claimed the teenager was shot after Mr. Brown reached into Officer Wilson’s patrol car and struggled for his service gun.

But witnesses and a friend who was with the victim at the time reject that version of events.

They say the officer shot Mr. Brown after reaching out through his car window to grab the teenager as he tried to get away.

They said the police opened fire even after Mr. Brown held up his hands in a sign of surrender.

Hundreds of protesters gathered on the main road in Ferguson in poor weather conditions hours before the curfew was due to go into force on Saturday evening, the BBC reported.

Police fired smoke bombs and tear gas after some of the protesters vowed not to abide by the curfew.

The circumstances of Sunday’s shooting remain unclear.


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