Ferguson, 11 days on: “We are sitting on a powder keg” 

"Just about the only thing clear through the fog of noxious gas clouding Ferguson’s streets is the burning, implacable rage of Brown’s peers against the police and their political masters"

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You can’t reverse the effects of years of military-style policing in a few hours of walking among protesters. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty

Ferguson: Police arrested 31 as they clashed with protesters in another night of gunfire, teargas and chaos in Ferguson 10 days after the shooting of an unarmed teenager ignited an uproar over race in America.

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Ferguson: A state of emergency has been declared by governor Jay Nixon, and a curfew from midnight until 5am has been issued.  

“We must have and maintain peace,” said Nixon. “The eyes of the world are watching.”

Confrontations between police and protesters flared up again on Friday night after police released surveillance footage that implicated Brown in the theft of a packet of cigars from a convenience store a few minutes before he was shot.

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Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, left, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in a photograph taken on Friday. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP

“We have fought too long and too hard to eliminate the wounds of racism and prejudice just to watch things regress. Until black people no longer have to fear both the cops and robbers, until we reform policing tactics everywhere, we cannot stay silent. For if we do, we will continue to read headlines like this: Black, unarmed and dead.”

FergusonProtesters and riot police have clashed again amid renewed tension over the shooting of an unarmed teenage boy by a police officer.

A 24-hour period of relative calm came to an end after local police released a video that appeared to show Michael Brown stealing cigars and intimidating the owner of the convenience store minutes before his death.

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The police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, sparking days of protests and clashes in the city of Ferguson, was named on Friday morning as Darren Wilson.

“He’s been a police officer for six years, has had no disciplinary action against him,” Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said at a press conference on Friday morning. “He was treated for injuries which occurred on Saturday.”

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Ferguson: A carnival-like demonstration filled the centre of the city after a new police chief given control of protests over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old implemented a dramatic shift in tactics.

Where the officers with assault rifles once stood, backed by armoured trucks topped with snipers’ nests, on Thursday there was almost no police presence.

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Officers from the Missouri state highway patrol march with demonstrators in Ferguson. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

“What is happening in Ferguson is exactly what opponents of the rise in military-style policing across America have long feared: when the feds arm white local cops with weapons of war and their superiors encourage them not to just play dress-up but to use their new war toys, it is inevitable that ordinary citizens – especially citizens of color – will get treated as the enemy.”
— Ferguson is what happens when white suburban cops get weapons of war, writes Sadhbh Walshe

Heavily armed police in Missouri fired teargas and rubber bullets to force hundreds of protesters out of the centre of Ferguson on Wednesday, as the crackdown on demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown intensified on their fourth night.

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