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Ferguson police chief: "It's a powder keg"

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:39

Police and protesters are gearing up for what is expected to be another tense night in Ferguson, Missouri, following a night of clashes days after Michael Brown's shooting. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The violence of Wednesday night's protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has put the city under a spotlight, more intense now than when they began four nights ago. With police firing tear gas and clashing with protesters, racial tensions have soared following the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF SAYING: "It's a powder keg and we all recognize that. That's why we're going to try to facilitate the protests tonight and we hope the protesters will recognize that we're trying to facilitate to help everyone bring this down, bring all the tensions down." Ferguson says the police are reviewing their tactics, following fierce criticism from several quarters, including the White House. At a news conference, President Barack Obama called on both police and protesters to scale back. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "There is never an excuse for violence against police, or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There's also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights." Obama says he's requested an independent investigation of Brown's death by the Department of Justice and the FBI. While police prepare for another night of protests.

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Ferguson police chief: "It's a powder keg"

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:39