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St. Louis suburb besieged by violent clashes

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Ferguson, Mo, a St. Louis suburb, has been besieged by violent clashes between police and crowds protesting the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by police last Saturday.

  • A protester takes shelter from the tear gas exploding around him Wednesday.

    David Carson/ Tribune Media

    A protester takes shelter from the tear gas exploding around him Wednesday.

  • President Barack Obama approaches a podium before speaking to reporters about the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    Steven Senne / The Associated Press

    President Barack Obama approaches a podium before speaking to reporters about the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Jeremiah Parker, 4, stands in front of his mother, Shatara, as they attend a protest Wednesday. Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was killed by police.

    Jeff Roberson / The Associated Press

    Jeremiah Parker, 4, stands in front of his mother, Shatara, as they attend a protest Wednesday. Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was killed by police.

  • Police officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue clearing the road of people Wednesday.

    Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Police officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue clearing the road of people Wednesday.

  • Protesters try unsuccessfully to light a Molotov cocktail Wednesday.

    Chris Lee / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Protesters try unsuccessfully to light a Molotov cocktail Wednesday.

  • People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them Wednesday.

    Chris Lee / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them Wednesday.

  • St. Louis County and Dellwood police detain two people on Wednesday. Both people were released after being questioned.

    Chris Lee / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    St. Louis County and Dellwood police detain two people on Wednesday. Both people were released after being questioned.

  • Protesters with rocks and bottles gather as they prepare to throw the items toward police on Wednesday. The protesters did throw the items but they fell short of police.

    David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Protesters with rocks and bottles gather as they prepare to throw the items toward police on Wednesday. The protesters did throw the items but they fell short of police.

  • Police search the vehicle of three men they believed may have been involved in an assault on a man with a dog. Two of the vehicle's occupants were arrested and one was released.

    Chris Lee / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Police search the vehicle of three men they believed may have been involved in an assault on a man with a dog. Two of the vehicle's occupants were arrested and one was released.

  • A protester holds up a sign as a police helicopter circles overhead Wednesday.

    Jeff Roberson / The Associated Press

    A protester holds up a sign as a police helicopter circles overhead Wednesday.

  • 'I was arrested because I didn't listen,' said Alderman Antonio French on Thursday after spending the night in jail in Ferguson. French was pulled out of his car while taping shortly after tear gas was shot into the crowd. French has been receiving national attention for his social media reports (@AntonioFrench).

    Laurie Skrivan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    'I was arrested because I didn't listen,' said Alderman Antonio French on Thursday after spending the night in jail in Ferguson. French was pulled out of his car while taping shortly after tear gas was shot into the crowd. French has been receiving national attention for his social media reports (@AntonioFrench).

  • Washington Post reporter Wes Lowery gives an account of his arrest by the Ferguson police. 'My hands are behind my back,' I said. 'I'm not resisting. I'm not resisting.' At which point one officer said: 'You're resisting.' He was released shortly after being processed at the police station.

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    Washington Post reporter Wes Lowery gives an account of his arrest by the Ferguson police. 'My hands are behind my back,' I said. 'I'm not resisting. I'm not resisting.' At which point one officer said: 'You're resisting.' He was released shortly after being processed at the police station.

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