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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Curfew in riot-hit Missouri suburb

Missouri governor declares curfew in riot-hit Ferguson
Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon was heckled as he outlined the need for a curfew in Ferguson
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The governor of the US state of Missouri has declared a state of emergency in the St Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot dead by police last week.

Jay Nixon also said a curfew would run from midnight local time (05:00 GMT) until 05:00 (10:00 GMT) in Ferguson.
The move comes after a week of violent clashes between heavily armed local police and protesters.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead on a street in Ferguson on 9 August.
Governor Nixon said that although many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, he would not allow a handful of looters to endanger the community.
“We must first have and maintain peace. This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching,” Mr Nixon said. “We cannot allow the ill will of the few to undermine the good will of the many.”
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said the FBI was bolstering its investigation into the fatal shootingMichael Brown had recently graduated from high school. His family said their son was not “perfect”Local business owners have taken to carrying weapons in a bid to protect their stores from looters
He also said the US Department of Justice was bolstering its investigation of the shooting.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door to gather information about the incident.
Mr Johnson gave a joint press conference with Governor Nixon at a church in Ferguson, where they were repeatedly interrupted by angry locals.
The latest tensions flared on Friday night after Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson revealed the name of the officer who shot Mr Brown.
Police also released CCTV footage that it said showed Mr Brown stealing a pack of cigars from a convenience store and intimidating its owner shortly before he was killed.
Mr Brown’s family condemned the release of CCTV footage by local police
But Mr Jackson said the 18-year-old was not stopped because of the incident and that the officer who shot him did not know he was a robbery suspect.
The BBC’s Tom Esslemont in Washington says Mr Jackson’s comments sparked bewilderment and anger in Ferguson.
Mr Brown’s family said they were “beyond outraged” by the video’s release, criticising what they said was a police attempt to “justify the execution-style murder”.
Civil rights leader Al Sharpton says a peaceful rally, led by Michael Brown’s family is planned for Sunday.
Mr Nixon was repeatedly interrupted by angry locals as he spoke at a church in Ferguson on SaturdaySeveral stores in Ferguson were looted on Friday after protesters clashed with local police
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