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State of emergency and curfew imposed in Ferguson to quell violent protests

Michael Brown’s death has ignited several days of clashes with furious protesters.

Police Shooting Missouri Police in riot gear prepare to take up positions yesterday. Source: AP/Press Association Images

MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew yesterday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago.

The curfew is due to be reviewed later today, but will run until 5am local time.

Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not allow a handful of looters to endanger the community.

A couple hundred defiant protesters remained in Ferguson early Sunday morning after the midnight curfew took effect.

Hundreds of other protesters left peacefully before the curfew deadline took effect.

Protesters 

Remaining protesters mingled, chanted and taunted police, some shouting that they would not abide the curfew.

Some stood with their hands up, the emblematic pose used by many protesters to characterise the position witness have said 18-year-old Michael Brown had assumed when he was fatally shot.

Police dressed in riot gear kept their distance.

Tensions in Ferguson flared late Friday after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown and documents alleging Brown robbed a store before he died.

Police Shooting Missouri Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at a news conference. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Investigation 

Nixon also said the U.S. Department of Justice is beefing up its investigation of the shooting.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said there were 40 FBI agents going door-to-door talking to people who might have seen or have information about the shooting.

Nixon and Johnson spoke at a church in Ferguson, where they were interrupted repeatedly by people demanding justice and objecting to the curfew.

Police Shooting Missouri Source: AP/Press Association Images

Brown’s death had already ignited several days of clashes with furious protesters. Tensions eased Thursday after Nixon turned oversight of the protests over to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Gone were the police in riot gear and armored vehicles, replaced by the new patrol commander who personally walked through the streets with demonstrators. But Friday night marked a resurgence of unrest.

Local officers faced strong criticism earlier in the week for their use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters. Johnson said one tear gas canister was deployed Friday night after the group of rioters became unruly.

Police Shooting Missouri People protest the police shooting death of Michael Brown. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Police

The officer who killed Brown was identified as 28-year-old Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints filed against him.

The Ferguson Police Department has refused to say anything about Wilson’s whereabouts, and Associated Press reporters were unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said it could be weeks before the investigation wraps up.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley asked Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday to take over the case, saying he did not believe McCulloch could be objective. Koster said Missouri law does not allow it unless McCulloch opts out, and McCulloch spokesman Ed Magee said the prosecutor has no plans to surrender the case.

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