Violent protests and looting erupted Sunday night in a St. Louis suburb following a candlelight vigil honoring an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed Saturday by a police officer.
Hundreds of protestors, some chanting “No justice, no peace,” were met by police in riot gear with shields and rifles, and K-9 units, Sunday night following a vigil for Brown, The New York Times reports. The demonstrations turned violent overnight as protestors damaged police cars and looted stores.
Brown’s family pleaded with protestors for an end to the violence and looting, saying it is not what the teen would have wanted.
According to police, 18-year-old Michael Brown attacked a police officer and was fatally shot Saturday as the two wrestled for the officer’s gun. The statement was met by skepticism and anger in Ferguson, Mo., a largely black community.
A Justice Department spokesperson in Washington said Attorney General Eric Holder has asked attorneys with the Civil Rights Division to monitor events in Ferguson.
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