STRASBOURG, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Council of Europe (CoE) secretary general Thorbjorn Jagland expressed concern Wednesday over the use of "excessive" police force in Ferguson, the troubled suburb of St. Louis, Missouri in the United States.
Ferguson has witnessed 10 nights of sometimes violent clashes between police and demonstrators since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
“The recent violent events in Ferguson after the shooting raise concern," Jagland said. "I am particularly concerned by the reported use of excessive force by the police against peaceful protesters and their arrest, including journalists covering the events, as this undermines the full exercise of human rights, starting with the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression."
Jagland stated such rights are "cornerstones of democracy" and any restriction should be lawful and proportionate. "Both public authorities and protesters should show restraint and responsibility," he continued.