New fatal police shooting near US protest town
By Robert MacPherson and Loic Hofstedt, AFP
August 21, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
FERGUSON, Missouri--Police shot dead a knife-wielding man Tuesday near the U.S. town roiled by 10 days of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, threatening to further ratchet up tensions.
It came as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson on August 9, said that the 18-year-old college student's funeral would be held on Monday.
Civic leaders in Ferguson, in Missouri, had called for "night-time quiet and reconciliation" after another night of protests and violence in the majority black town.
But, a short drive away in St. Louis proper, police — who have been criticized for an aggressive response to the demonstrations — faced yet more scrutiny when they shot dead an apparently agitated man armed with a knife who yelled "kill me now" while approaching a patrol.
The world's media descended on the street, dozens of reporters having been in nearby Ferguson covering the ongoing unrest that has cast an unfavorable light on the United States' racial divide, as well as law-enforcement tactics.
Onlookers gathered at the yellow incident tape sealing off the scene of Tuesday's shooting outside a convenience store, some of them chanting the slogan of the protests: "Hands up, don't shoot."