Monday 20 October 2014

Shooting protest streets stay calm

Published 23/08/2014 | 09:36

Protesters march in Ferguson, Missouri, near the spot where black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a while police officer (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The streets of Ferguson stayed peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black 18-year-old.

A small stream of protesters marched in the suburb of St Louis in Missouri as night fell, but instead of confrontations with police, several stopped to talk with officers about the August 9 death of Michael Brown and the tactics used by authorities during previous demonstrations.

While many residents are hopeful that tensions were waning, some say they fear the community's anger could explode again if the grand jury now considering the case does not return a charge against the officer, Darren Wilson.

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