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Protests in Ferguson; Gunfire Reported 08/19 06:43

   The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the 
streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and 
smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a 
police officer.

   FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its 
distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds 
of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was 
fatally shot by a police officer.

   Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to 
enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. 
Police deployed noisemakers and armored vehicles to push demonstrators back. 
Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.

   Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of 
security in Ferguson, said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the 
crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. At least two people 
were shot and 31 were arrested, he said. He did not have condition updates on 
those who were shot. Johnson said four officers were injured by rocks or 
bottles.

   Demonstrators no longer faced the neighborhood's midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew, 
but police told protesters that they could not assemble in a single spot and 
had to keep moving. After the streets had been mostly cleared, authorities 
ordered reporters to leave as well, citing the risk from gunfire that had been 
reported.

   A photographer for the Getty photo agency was arrested while covering the 
demonstrations and later released. Two German reporters were arrested and 
detained for three hours. Conservative German daily Die Welt said correspondent 
Ansgar Graw and reporter Frank Herrmann, who writes for German regional papers, 
were arrested after allegedly failing to follow police instructions to vacate 
an empty street. They said they followed police orders.

   Johnson said members of the media had to be asked repeatedly to return to 
the sidewalks and that it was a matter of safety. He said in some cases it was 
not immediately clear who was a reporter but that once it was established, 
police acted properly.

   Citing "a dangerous dynamic in the night," Johnson also urged protesters 
with peaceful intent to demonstrate during the daytime hours.

   The latest clashes came after a day in which a pathologist hired by the 
Brown family said the unarmed black 18-year-old suffered a bullet wound to his 
right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned. But the 
pathologist said the team that examined Brown cannot be sure yet exactly how 
the wounds were inflicted until they have more information.

   Witnesses have said Brown's hands were above his head when he was repeatedly 
shot by an officer Aug. 9.

   The independent autopsy determined that Brown was shot at least six times, 
including twice in the head, the family's lawyers and hired pathologists said.

   The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy found that Brown was shot 
six to eight times in the head and chest, office administrator Suzanne McCune 
said Monday. But she declined to comment further, saying the full findings were 
not expected for about two weeks.

   A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the 
officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown's death, said Ed Magee, 
spokesman for St. Louis County's prosecuting attorney.

   A third and final autopsy was performed Monday for the Justice Department by 
one of the military's most experienced medical examiners, Attorney General Eric 
Holder said.

   Holder was scheduled to travel to Ferguson later this week to meet with FBI 
and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into 
Brown's death.

   The Justice Department has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive 
response to Brown's death, from the independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents 
combing Ferguson for witnesses to the shooting.

   In Washington, President Barack Obama said the vast majority of protesters 
in Ferguson were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining 
justice. Obama said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities 
and their local police would require Americans to "listen and not just shout."

   Obama said he also spoke to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon about his deployment of 
the National Guard in Ferguson and urged the governor to ensure the Guard was 
used in a limited way.

   Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said Brown's parents wanted the 
additional autopsy because they feared results of the county's examination 
could be biased. Crump declined to release copies of the report.

   "They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the 
tragic execution of their child," he said during Monday's news conference with 
Parcells and Baden, who has testified in several high-profile cases, including 
the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

   The second autopsy, Crump said, "verifies that the witness accounts were 
true: that he was shot multiple times."

   Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief 
medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the private autopsy, said a bullet 
grazed Brown's right arm. He said the wound indicates Brown may have had his 
back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands 
above his head or in a defensive position across his chest or face.

   "We don't know," Parcells said. "We still have to look at the other 
(elements) of this investigation before we start piecing things together."

   Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting 
his head was bent forward when he suffered that fatal injury. The hired 
pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could 
have survived the other bullet wounds.

   Baden also said there was no gunpowder residue on Brown's body, indicating 
he was not shot at close range. However, Baden said he did not have access to 
Brown's clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.

   Crump also said that Brown had abrasions on his face from where he fell to 
the ground, but there was "otherwise no evidence of a struggle." 


(KA)


 
 
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