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Missouri Shooting: State Of Emergency Declared
The Governor of Missouri has imposed a state of emergency and a curfew in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson after looters attacked a shop which police claimed a black teenager had robbed before he was shot dead.
The five-hour curfew took effect at midnight local time (0600 UK time).
In a news conference, Democrat Jay Nixon described the death of Michael Brown last Saturday as "tragic" and said violent protests which have taken place since have left the community in fear.
He said: "The tragic shooting death of Michael Brown one week ago today and the events that followed have left a family grieving the loss of a son, a community wracked by fear and unrest and an entire world looking for answers and justice.
"To protect the people and property of Ferguson, today I signed an order declaring a state of emergency and ordering the implementation of a curfew in the impacted area.
"This is not to silence the people of Ferguson or this region, but to contain those who are drowning out the voices of the people with their actions.
"We will not allow a handful of looters to endanger the rest of this community."
Protests have taken place across the US after claims the teenager was unarmed and trying to surrender when the white police officer opened fire.
The release of CCTV footage of an individual police said they believed was the 18-year-old walking out of the convenience store with a box of cigars and assaulting the owner further increased tensions in the city of Ferguson.
A group of peaceful protesters shouted at the looters to stop what they were doing and blocked the front of the shop to protect it.
Others in the crowd threw rocks at police, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt Ron Johnson, who added that one officer was hurt.
According to Capt Johnson, police then backed off, hoping to ease the tension and no arrests were made.
"We had to evaluate the security of the officers there and also the rioters," Johnson said.
Sky's Greg Milam, in Ferguson, says workmen on Saturday morning boarded up shops damaged in the latest disorder.
He says impromptu barbecue stations have been set up to feed those who have led the protests for a week now.
Passing cars honked their support for the hardy few who stood with a Stop The Violence placard in the rain.
The local Target department store has sold out of ponchos and rain jackets.
Days of violent protests exploded in Ferguson after Mr Brown was shot, and armed police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
After the police accused Mr Brown of robbery, the teen's cousin Eric Davis said whatever happened in the store did not justify police shooting him while he had his hands up.
"Whatever took place there had nothing to do with an individual getting down on his hands and knees, raising his hands in the air saying 'don't shoot'," he said at an emotional news conference.
"This is a universal call for 'I surrender' and I can hear my cousin's voice right now as I speak saying, 'don't shoot', yet still the officer shot him and that is wrong."
Police also revealed the name of the officer involved in the shooting, after pressure from Mr Brown's family.
Darren Wilson, 28, who has six years' service and no disciplinary record, was described by colleagues as a "gentle, quiet man" and "an excellent officer".
It is understood he stopped Mr Brown for jaywalking before opening fire and had no knowledge the teen was a robbery suspect.
Officer Wilson has been on administrative leave following the incident.
On Friday night, civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson linked arms with protesters as they marched to the site where Brown was killed.
The protests in Ferguson reflect a long-simmering anger from a majority black community towards an almost exclusively white police force.
"This ain't a new situation, it's been going on for years," said one protester.
The US Justice Department says FBI agents have conducted several interviews with witnesses as part of an ongoing civil-rights investigation into the death.