(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Officers in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, renewing tensions after the Saturday police shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown, 18.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said a large crowd that gathered throughout the day Monday at the site of a burned-out convenience store turned rowdy at nightfall, with people throwing rocks at police. Officers used tear gas and shot “beanbag rounds” meant to stun them, he said.
Gray smoke rose on the streets, a continuation of Sunday night’s violence and vandalism that followed a candlelight vigil. The demonstration tapered off overnight.
Residents raised their hands at police, a symbol for the shooting. Witnesses say Brown’s hands were raised when the officer fired.
The FBI is reviewing the case, looking into possible civil rights violations.
Brown’s parents have been among those calling for calm.
Michael Brown Sr. is grieving for his son. He wants police to identify the officer who shot his son several times, killing him.
“This person’s got to pay for this,” his father, Brown Sr., said.
Brown and a friend were walking to his grandmother’s house, when the friend says an unidentified officer asked them to get off the street. Police say one of the men fought the officer.
Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, says her son didn’t fight anyone.
“Just because he’s six foot, black walking down the city street doesn’t mean he fit the profile,” McSpadden said.
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