Peaceful protest in 'war zone' US town

Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, MissouriPolice shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, triggering protests and then a police crackdown in which authorities fired tear gas and rubber bullets and arrested reporters, sparking complaints led by President Barack Obama. Brown’s death and the subsequent action by a mainly white police force in a majority black town led to allegations of racism and stirred comparisons with the February 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida by a member of a civilian neighborhood security patrol. State Governor Jay Nixon said the decision to draft in the Missouri Highway Patrol had been taken after Ferguson was left looking “like a war zone” after four days of rioting — and there was an altogether different atmosphere on the streets after the governor’s move. “We’re all in this together… we’re not in this for fear, to intimidate,” Johnson said, according to a Washington Post reporter in Ferguson.

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