FERGUSON, MISSOURI Aug 17 Police fired smoke
canisters into a crowd of about 400 demonstrators, including
families with children, in Ferguson, Missouri, Sunday night,
where they were protesting against the killing last week of an
unarmed black teenager by police.
Police drove into the protest area in armored vehicles and
shot smoke canisters at watching media representatives during a
protest that had until then appeared to be peaceful.
However, the Missouri Highway Patrol said it was using the
smoke canisters to disperse "aggressors" who were trying to
infiltrate a law enforcement command post, and that the armored
vehicles were deployed to ensure public safety.
(Reporting by Ellen Wullfhorst; Writing by Sharon Bernstein;
Editing by Paul Tait)