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Protesters & Police Face Off In St. Louis Suburb Over Shooting

by Jason Peiso

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager had been fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose even amid calls for collective calm.Protesters had mostly left the area but a crowd of several dozen people gathered near the intersection of W. Florissant Avenue and Chambers Road shortly after midnight, facing off with a line of police officers. Police deployed tear gas into the crowd as they advanced east.

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A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road near West Florissant early on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Photo by Robert Cohen.

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This is all following the recent death of Michael Brown.The FBI has opened an investigation into Brown’s death, looking into possible civil rights violations. Witnesses have said Brown had his hands raised when the unidentified officer approached with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly.

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