Missouri, Aug 19 (): Police fired tear gas at the protesters on Monday in Ferguson town, Missouri, after unrest started by the deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. President Barack Obama has called for quiet and calm in a few hours after the incident.
Earlier in the day, troops of the US National Guard entered Ferguson, but they maintained a low profile as the police in uprising gear dispersed nearly 100 protesters at around 11 pm, arresting many of them.
The action of the police happened after hours of the street protests which had been very tense but almost peaceful, witnesses said, and also added that a shell hurled from a group of protesters shattered on the ground and broke out into flames.
This kind of tension had gripped St Louis suburb from the time of the deadly shooting of an 18-year-old student Michael Brown. Death of Brown and the heavy-handed response of the police, has restarted a national discussion about race and law enforcement in the United States.
The first African-American president of the US, Barack Obama, said he will be sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday as Washington follows a civil rights investigation into the case. He also added that there was no excuse for the local police to put on “excessive force” on the protesters and had asked the state of Missouri to make use of only “limited” part of the National Guard.
Obama said he had told Gov. Jay Nixon he wanted to ensure the use of National Guard reservists to help calm the tensions but the actions of the National Guard must be limited in scope, and said he would be monitoring that operation in the coming days to see whether the guard’s involvement was helping or hurting.