VIOLENT protests have continued in Ferguson, a suburb of St
Louis, Missouri, after a black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot
dead by a white policeman.
Nightly protests since the shooting, on 9 August, have involved
peaceful demonstrations and violent clashes between police and
demonstrators, in which the police have used tear gas and stun
grenades. A second black man, aged 23, was shot dead by police on
Tuesday, after he approached them reportedly brandishing a
The officer who shot the teenager has been placed on
administrative leave. An autopsy, paid for by the Brown family,
found that Mr Brown, who was 18, had been shot twice in the head
and four times in the body.
The policeman who has just been placed in charge of Ferguson,
Captain Ron Johnson, spoke at a rally there in Greater Grace
Church, on Sunday, which was attended by Mr Brown's family,
including his father, Michael Brown Sr (below).
Mr Johnson told the large congregation: "I wear this uniform and
I should say that I am sorry. This is my neighbourhood. You are my
family, friends. And I am you. I will stand to protect you. To
protect your right to protest." He also spoke of Jesus's "picking
up" Peter after his failure, and compared the dead teenager to his
A civil-rights leader, the Revd Al Sharpton, also spoke. He said
that the case would mark a defining moment in civil-rights
President Obama said: "A gulf of mistrust exists between local
residents and law enforcement. In too many communities, too many
young men of colour are left behind and seen only as objects of
He has so far turned down calls to visit Ferguson, but announced
that the Attorney General, Eric Holder, was going there on
Wednesday to meet the FBI and other officials, who are carrying out
an independent federal investigation.