Rioting erupts after killing of black teen in US

Ferguson - Rioting and looting erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, late on Sunday and spread to neighbouring towns as protests over the killing of a black teenager by a police officer turned violent, police said.

Crowds broke the windows of cars and stores, set a building alight and looted shops following a day of demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old shot on Saturday by a Ferguson police officer.

There is "a lot of unrest up there, and a lot of rioting going on, and looting," Officer Brian Schellman, a spokesperson for the St Louis County Police Department, said early on Monday.

He said the unrest had spread from Ferguson, a largely black St Louis suburb, to adjacent communities. About 150 officers in riot gear from throughout St Louis County had been sent to the area.

Schellman said arrests had been made but had no details. He and three hospitals had no reports of injuries.

Police said Brown was shot after a struggle over a gun in a police car. It was not immediately clear why Brown was in the car. At least one shot was fired during the struggle, and then the office fired more shots before leaving the car.

The officer, who was not identified, has been put on administrative leave, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference. The officer's race has not been disclosed.

Sunday's protests turned violent after dark, according to news station KMOV-TV, with rioters smashing windows of stores and restaurants and damaging cars.

KMOV TV footage showed a QuikTrip convenience store set on fire after it was looted. A teenage witness told KMOV, "They destroyed everything."

Mobs rushed out of other stores, including an AutoZone and a Ross Dress for Less, with armfuls of stolen goods, KMOV and the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported.

Brown's mother told TV station KSDK that her son was a "good child getting ready to go to college" and that he was visiting his grandmother when the shooting took place.

The St Louis County branch of the civil rights group NAACP has said it wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into the case.

Civil rights leader the Reverent Al Sharpton said in a statement on Sunday that he had spoken with Brown's grandfather and had agreed to visit St Louis to help the family.

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Michael Nell 2014/08/11 11:09:30 AM
Seems like the norm.
Ferdie Marais 2014/08/11 11:34:20 AM
They are always 'good children' and always 'visiting' Grandma....
Tian Nel 2014/08/11 11:34:34 AM
its seems that some of them arent rioting because of the teens death but rather to loot.
Timothy Tanzer 2014/08/11 11:43:18 AM
Same like what happened in the UK.. All a setup to evoke marshall law. Well played
Shaun O'Meara 2014/08/11 12:13:06 PM
Any reason to steal. Obama your family is hungry because of Obama dontcare!!! Always the racist card. are people of Africa so ashamed of their colour.
Wale Oguns 2014/08/11 01:00:16 PM
We need more of Derek Bredenkamp to make the world a better place,let's love and treat each other equally irrespective of race.
Rakesh Panday 2014/08/11 01:55:42 PM
Vetous are just barbarians man. Give them a gun with a badge and they behave like the AWB
Redphi 2014/08/11 01:59:09 PM
Any excuse to pillage,riot,rape,burn and toy toy
Julia Griffiths 2014/08/11 02:34:10 PM
Just been on Twitter with people in the USA I tweeted it had nothing to do with the death of the child but the rioting is just pure opportunism by the rioters to which my tweet went viral & is supported by many in the USA