A day of protests and vigils for an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer erupted Sunday night with confrontations, looting and gunshots, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The rioting followed the shooting Saturday of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, 18. Police said the teen attacked the officer. But pressure for a deeper explanation is growing, and another demonstration was scheduled for Monday morning. Protesters said the killing was emblematic of deep tensions between black residents and a predominantly white Ferguson police force. The race of the officer who killed Brown has not been revealed.
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at the shooting site in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb of 21,000. While some people prayed, others spilled onto West Florissant Avenue, choking off traffic. Looting was first reported at a convenience store at about 9 p.m. and soon spread from there. Around 11 p.m., looters smashed into a Wal-Mart, as well as cell phone, clothing and dollar stores. Officials set up a police line and tried to convince raucous demonstrators to leave, but efforts were yelled down. Eventually, officers moved their line forward with the help of barking police dogs on tight leashes.