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Missouri state police were Thursday ordered to replace local forces in a US town rocked by protests over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, following complaints led by President Barack Obama.


State Governor Jay Nixon said the decision had been taken after the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was left looking "like a war zone" after rioting triggered by the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Police in Ferguson have attracted widespread criticism for their response to the unrest amid allegations of police racism.

The county police response to daily, and nightly, protests since the shooting has been aggressive, with rifle-toting police in military-style fatigues and body armor deployed to crush dissent.


"Lately it looks like a war zone and that is not acceptable," Nixon said of Ferguson, appointing a local African-American officer, Captain Ron Johnson, to take charge, instead of the St.


Louis County police who had led the crackdown.


Johnson works for the Missouri Highway Patrol, which answers to the state government. He said police would show respect to the citizens as they try to restore calm.


"I grew up here and this is currently my community and my home. It means a lot to me personally that we break this cycle of violence and build trust, and show the utmost respect," he said, adding he understands "the anger and fear that the citizens of Ferguson are feeling."


The governor, however, did not cede to one key demand of the protesters. Control of the investigation into the police shooting of Brown will remain in the hands of the St Louis County force.


The US Department of Justice has already announced a separate federal investigation into whether the mainly white force had committed a civil rights violation in the majority black town.


'Peace and calm'

The police crackdown in Ferguson, in which authorities fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound bombs and arrested reporters, has sparked numerous complaints.


Many are also frustrated at the lack of information provided about the investigation, including withholding the name of the officer who shot Brown and even how many shots were fired.


President Barack Obama called for "peace and calm" Thursday, adding authorities had a responsibility to be "open and transparent"


"Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama told reporters. "Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done."


"There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting," he added.


"There's also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their first amendment rights."


His attorney general, Eric Holder, spoke even more candidly, saying in a statement, "the law enforcement response to these demonstrations must seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them."


Amid Wednesday night's unrest, police also arrested, and later released without charge, two journalists covering the events.


Wesley Lowery, a Washington Post political reporter, and Ryan Reilly, who works for the Huffington Post, were detained in a McDonald's after police entered the eatery and ordered people to leave, the pair wrote on Twitter.


Obama referenced the incident, warning: "Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who were just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground."



'We have to get answers'


As day broke, the Brown family's attorney had also appealed for calm and urged federal authorities to carry out an independent autopsy of their son's body.

"There is nothing Michael Brown could have done to justify him being executed in broad daylight, and this is the worst police shooting I have ever seen," Benjamin Crump told CNN.

"We have to get answers and it has to be transparent and that's why we're calling on the Justice Department and the attorney general to do an independent autopsy."

Obama, in his remarks, said he had already tasked the FBI to independently probe Brown's death along with local officials on the ground.

He added that he had made clear to Attorney General Eric Holder "that we should do what is necessary to determine exactly what happened and to see that justice is done."

- AAP






  
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Post time 2014-8-15 09:00:10 |Display all floors
I've been following the story for days.  As I keep saying..THE POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL!!!

And now they have equipment that was donated from the iraq and afghanistan wars.   Police using tanks, dispersing tear gas into protesters....pointing rifles at protesters...arresting journalists???

What the hell is going on here!  
  
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"There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting," he added.
"There's also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their first amendment rights."


Police have said Brown was shot after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of the men pushed the officer into his squad car, then physically assaulted him in the vehicle and struggled with the officer over the officer's weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car. The struggle then spilled onto the street, where Brown was shot multiple times.

The officer involved was injured, with one side of his face swollen, Jackson said.

Dorian Johnson, who says he was with Brown when the shooting happened, has told a much different story. He has told reporters that the officer ordered them out of the street, then grabbed his friend's neck and tried to pull him into the car before brandishing his weapon and firing. He says Brown started to run and the officer pursued him, firing multiple times.

County Police Chief Jon Belmar said his officers have responded with "an incredible amount of restraint" as they've had rocks and bottles thrown at them, been shot at and had two dozen patrol vehicles destroyed.

This is mob mentality and should be dealt with accordingly.

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Post time 2014-8-15 16:53:35 |Display all floors
JFenix Post time: 2014-8-15 09:00
I've been following the story for days.  As I keep saying..THE POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL!!!

And now ...

your US is showing the true face~
that is true traits of bar.ba.rians~

US got no freedom~ u all are told to shut up or else~ and ur youngs now all are brainwashed into d.gens~


US is falling~ no one likes bar.ba.rians~

EU are forced by US to fall~
Russia & China is making tons of money and moving forward~
everyone in Middle East hates u~
Latin Americans gave u all middle finger~
SEA are tiny pawns cant do anything...

so basically...most people on Earth...doesnt like u all bar.ba.rians~

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jay_dee Post time: 2014-8-15 11:35
Police have said Brown was shot after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. Th ...

He was shot 9 to 10 times.  Tell me a circumstance where this is needed.   That officer was shooting to kill.

And the police handling of the riots have just increased tensions and violence.  That is why they have now been replaced by the state highway patrol.

They arrested journalists and even fired tear gas into Al Jazeera America's media team.  

This is not cool jay_dee.
  
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Post time 2014-8-16 09:31:53 |Display all floors
Funny !

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