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  • 10 August 2014, 15:09

Anger On Streets After Black Teen Killed By Cop

The fatal shooting of a black teenager by a US police officer has sparked angry protests in his Missouri neighbourhood.

Hundreds of residents gathered at the scene of the killing outside an apartment building in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis.

It is not known why the officer opened fire on the victim, 18-year-old Michael Brown, last Tuesday.

Following the shooting, a temporary memorial was set up and the crowd confronted officers, with some shouting obscenities and threats including "kill the police".

But there were no reports of injuries.

Brown's mother Leslie McSpadden said: "He don't bother nobody. My son just turned 18 and graduated from high school and he don't bother nobody."

The teenager's grandmother Desiree Harris, who had been expecting him to visit her later that day, saw him running near her home when she passed him in her car.

Minutes later, she found his body on the street after hearing a commotion outside the apartment complex.

She said: "He was running this way. When I got up there, my grandson was lying on the pavement. I asked the police what happened. They didn't tell me nothing."

Esther Haywood, president of the St Louis NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People), appealed for calm.

"Violence only creates more problems and I hope that the community will settle down tonight and tomorrow," she said.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"We are hoping for calm and for people to give us a chance to conduct a thorough investigation," Mr Jackson said.

St Louis County Police Department is investigating the shooting at the request of the local department.

John Gaskin, a member of the St Louis County NAACP civil rights group, said the FBI should become involved "to protect the integrity of the investigation".