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After another night of racially
charged protests and looting in Fer-
guson, Missouri, over the shooting of
an unarmed black teenager by a white
police officer, Governor Jay Nixon was
meeting with local and state law
enforcement yesterday to craft a plan
aimed at quelling further violence.
"It was a rough time last night. There
was a lot of looting and there were a
lot of people arming themselves in their
storefront to guard their businesses,"
said Al Nothum, a spokesman for the
Missouri Highway Patrol.
The governor put Highway Patrol
Captain Ron Johnson in charge of secu-
rity on Thursday after several nights
of violent clashes between protesters
and local police forces in the aftermath
of the August 9 shooting of 18-year-
old Michael Brown.
Tensions temporarily cooled on
Thursday night but on Friday evening
protesters again swarmed through a
residential and retail district in the small
town outside St Louis that has become
a virtual war zone, pitting mostly black
protesters against mostly white police
Officer's name released
For days, Brown s family and sup-
porters have demanded the name of
the officer, which police repeatedly
refused to release. That changed on
Friday when Ferguson Police Chief Tom
Jackson identified Wilson as the officer
But rather than appease the protest-
ers, Jackson added to the outrage when
he announced that Brown had been a
suspect in the robbery of a convenience
store at the time he was shot, a move
that supporters of Brown s family called
a "smear" campaign.
Friday night s looting started at the
same store where Brown was accused
of taking cigars, officials said.
Jackson was later forced to acknowl-
edge in a news conference that when
Wilson shot Brown, the officer did not
know the teen was a suspect in the
robbery. The shooting happened after
the officer told Brown and a friend to
move out of a street they were walking
along when the officer drove by. There
was no connection between the shoot-
ing and the alleged robbery, Jackson
Rev Sharpton to lead rally today
Civil rights activist the Rev Al Sharp-
ton said he would lead a rally with
Brown s family in Ferguson today.
"There s nothing more contemptible
and offensive to the people of this coun-
try than for law enforcement to try to
smear a dead man or dead child that
can t speak for themselves," Sharpton
said yesterday morning at a weekly rally
he holds in New York City that is
broadcast on the Internet.
Other law enforcement agencies crit-
icised the Ferguson police department
for trying to make the alleged robbery
an issue connected to the shooting and
for releasing a video from inside the
store that shows Brown violently shov-
ing a store clerk before he walks out
"We had no involvement whatsoever
in releasing that video," said Brian
Schellman, a spokesman for the St
Louis County Police Department, which
is leading the local investigation into
the Brown shooting.
Confusion over killing
The police version of Brown s shoot-
ing differs markedly from witness
accounts, including that of the friend
who was walking with Brown at the
time, Dorian Johnson, 22.
In the police version, after Wilson
asked Brown to move out of the
road onto a sidewalk, Brown
reached into the patrol car and
struggled with Wilson for the offi-
cer s service gun. Wilson, who sus-
tained a facial injury, then shot
Brown a number of times.
Johnson and at least one other
witness have said that the officer
reached out through his car win-
dow to grab at Brown and that the
teenager was trying to get away
from the officer when he was shot.
Brown held up his hands in a sign
of surrender but the officer got
out of his patrol car and shot
Brown several times, they said.
Police have acknowledged that
Brown s body was more than 30
feet away from the police car when
he collapsed and died and that
multiple shell casings were found
at the scene.
reignite over police
shooting of black teen
A masked man carries items out of a liquor
store that had been broken into during
ongoing demonstrations to protest against
the shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson,
Missouri, on August 16. PHOTO: REUTERS
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