US cops face heavy gunfire in Missouri
UNITED States police said early yesterday that they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.
Demonstrations, mostly peaceful but with spasms of violence by smaller groups, have flared since Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead while walking down a residential street on Aug 9.
Briefing reporters on Monday night's violence, Ron Johnson of the State Highway Patrol said "our officers came under heavy gunfire" in one area.
"Not a single bullet was fired by officers despite their coming under heavy attack," he told a news conference.
Riot police had confiscated two guns and what looked like a petrol bomb from protesters. Four officers were hurt.
Captain Johnson told CNN that two people within the crowd were shot, but not by police, and were taken to hospital.