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St Louis: nine arrested in disturbances

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St Louis: nine arrested in disturbances

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Nine people have been arrested in outbreaks of violence in the US city of St Louis after a black teenager was shot dead by police.

Officers say 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey
pointed a gun at them during a house search.

Police in Missouri say angry crowds blocked a highway and threw missiles.

A group of protesters came together and started to do acts of violence directed not only toward law enforcement but toward the neighbourhood.

“An area that has been plagued by violence, been plagued by gun violence, police officers were there today doing a job that we all ask them to do – to keep our community safe. A group of protesters came together and started to do acts of violence directed not only toward law enforcement but toward the neighbourhood.” St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told a press conference.

The unrest comes ten days after St Louis was flooded with protesters marking the anniversary of the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

He was shot by a white officer on August the ninth last year in Ferguson, a city not far from St Louis.