The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., was the scene of another evening of rioting and unrest last night as largely young, black crowds faced off against a mostly white police force that reportedly responded with tear gas, reports the Los Angeles Times. But the family of slain teenager Michael Brown, 18, asked the community to remain peaceful so that no more lives will be lost. "No violence, just justice," his mother told reporters. While some demonstrators got down on their knees with their hands raised in symbolic surrender, others shouted, "We will stay out here as long as you are!" Some of the police did not appear to respond to the taunts, while others were caught on camera calling the protesters "animals," reports CNN.
Two very different stories have emerged surrounding the shooting of Brown, who was set to start technical college yesterday, two days after he was killed, reports CNN in another review of the details. While the police report suggests Brown, who'd been walking with a friend in the street, attacked an officer in his police car and tried to take his gun when the officer told him to use the sidewalk, witnesses say the officer fired after a verbal altercation and that as Brown turned away and fled he was shot once, then at least twice more after he put his hands in the air. Police have not disputed that Brown was unarmed. The police officer who shot him, a six-year veteran of the force, is on paid administrative leave. USA Today reports that one of Brown's last Facebook posts included the words: "if I leave this earth today, at least youll know i care about others more then I cared about my damn self." The FBI, meanwhile, has taken over the investigation.