FERGUSON, United States, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Police in Ferguson in the U.S. state of Missouri, where unrest has erupted since 18- year-old Michael Brown was killed last Saturday, accused the African American teen on Friday of robbing a convenience store shortly before he was shot dead by a police officer.
During a press conference on Friday, the police released the name of the officer who shot Brown. Officer Darren Wilson is a six- year-veteran of the police force.
A police report obtained by Xinhua said Wilson had no previous disciplinary record, and was responding to a 911 call from the convenience store when he encountered Brown and his friend. The same report shows that police searched for nearly two hours after the robbery before stopping Brown.
A vigil for the teenager turned violent on Sunday night as more than 30 people were arrested for vandalism and looting in Ferguson. The situation became so unstable that at one point police used tear gas for crowd control. More than 200 police officers had been called in from surrounding areas to assist.
During a Sunday press conference, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Brown and another person attacked the police officer on Saturday afternoon in front of an apartment building in Ferguson. Belmar also said one of the two men reached for the police officer's gun as he was being put in the car. A short fight ensued and Brown started to run. Belmar said the officer fired his gun, hitting Brown, about 35 feet from the car.
But witnesses maintain that Brown, who was scheduled to begin classes at a local college on Monday, was trying to surrender.
The family has hired high-profile Florida attorney Benjamin Crump, the lawyer on the Trayvon Martin case. The 17-year-old African American was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in February 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for "peace and calm" in Ferguson, as five days of racially charged protests gripped the St. Louis suburb of Missouri following the shooting death on Saturday of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by the police.
"Now is the time for healing, now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama said in a televised statement from Martha's Vineyard where he is on vacation."Full Story