Vigil for St. Louis Teen Shot by Cops Turns Violent
Accounts of Michael Brown's shooting conflict
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2014 12:59 AM CDT
Updated Aug 11, 2014 7:14 AM CDT
Protesters bang on the side of a police car Sunday evening in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

(Newser) – Vigils and protests for a black teenager shot dead in the street by police in St. Louis County turned violent last night, with reports of looting, fires, and gunshots amid confrontations with police. Witnesses saw multiple stores being looted and police cars being vandalized, the AP reports. Earlier, thousands of people had joined a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. "Contributing to the unrest that is going on is not going to help," Ferguson's mayor tells KTVI. "We're only hurting ourselves, only hurting our community, hurting our neighbors. There's nothing productive from this."

Police and witnesses give very different accounts of Brown's shooting, reports CNN. The county police chief says Brown was shot after pushing an officer back inside his vehicle, assaulting him, and struggling with the officer for his weapon. He says one shot was fired inside the police vehicle and the officer fired multiple times as Brown ran away. Witnesses, however, say Brown had his hands in the air when he was shot. More protests are planned for today, and the Justice Department has asked civil rights lawyers to monitor the case, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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peter
Aug 13, 2014 4:26 AM CDT
do you ever notice the witnesses allways say his hands were in the air its never the victims fault its allways the big bad police. even Obama came out fromhis hole to way in remember the last time he tried to gin up the left an the base ,how did that workout for you,stupid .a young black man is dead.why let them get the answsers,dont judge an you dont riot an steal an burn this obamas fault.no jobs an a free lunch
OrneryPup
Aug 12, 2014 12:22 AM CDT
The village idiots crawled out and became terrorists in their own streets. Just an excuse to run wild and steal. And sadly, some will be proud of their new loot. How many "got me a new TV!" ?
Ms_Angie
Aug 11, 2014 2:37 PM CDT
Why are people looting and destroying the stores in their community? Don't they realize how hard these people worked to have their own business? I understand they are upset and angry, but why take it out on innocent people? Not only are they tearing down the dreams of others by smashing the windows, doors, furniture,etc, they steal what is not theirs. Sad... Edit: After reading the comments below, I have to say I am shocked at a lot of the racist remarks. I thought, as we got older and wiser...........Sad..............