Police chief says officer in Missouri shooting was injured
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 01:21
Missouri police say the officer involved in the shooting of a black teenager was injured during the confrontation and was treated in hospital. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Tensions remains high in Ferguson, Missouri, after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last weekend.
The incident sparked racially charged protests -- and instances of violence and looting.
At a news conference, Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the officer involved in the shooting was injured in the incident, and was treated at the hospital.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF THOMAS JACKSON SAYING:
"We're asking that the protest be peaceful, we understand the anger, we understand the people want answers and we understand that we've got a problem."
On Wednesday, protestors take to the streets again -- for peaceful demonstrations.
Some help to clean up the mess.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MALE SAYING:
"Everybody's coming together and helping each other, and it's not just black people, but it's people from all walks of life."
The police have said that the shooting followed a struggle between the officer and 18-year-old Michael Brown.
But a witness who was walking with Brown at the time has said in media interviews that Brown put his hands in the air and was not struggling with the officer.
Police Chief Thomas Jackson plans to meet with members of Brown's family and the local head of the NAACP on Thursday.
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