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Missouri: National Guard sent in to restore calm following the shooting of black teenager

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Missouri: National Guard sent in to restore calm following the shooting of black teenager

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US National Guard troops have been deployed in the riot-hit town of Ferguson, Missouri in an attempt to restore calm following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Since August 9 when Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer, the suburb of St Louis has become a nightly scene of violence and arrests.

Although Missouri’s governor declared the area a state of emergency, on Monday he lifted a midnight curfew.

Brown’s family claims the 18-year-old was trying to surrender when he was shot and that a private autopsy ordered by them backs up this up. They point to the findings that show he was shot in the arms implying he had them raised in defence.

Forensic Pathologist Shawn Parcells pointed out where Brown had been shot.

“He was shot at least six times. We’ve got one to the very top of the head, the apex, we’ve got one that entered just above the right eyebrow, we’ve got one that entered the top part of the right arm….”

During the day the protests have been largely peaceful and the Brown family has called for an end to the violence after dark which has included looting.

There have been differing accounts of the shooting – police claim Brown reached into a patrol car and tried to grab the officer’s gun after an altercation.