Meetings seek to ease tension in Ferguson

Meetings seek to ease tension in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 13: Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

 FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Tensions remain high in Ferguson, Missouri, days after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, and two meetings on Thursday are aimed at trying to add calm.

 
   Civil rights leaders and police were gathering at 10 a.m. to discuss concerns about how officers have responded to protests that followed the fatal shooting on Saturday of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
 
   Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon is joining the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition and other civic and faith leaders for an 11 a.m. meeting at a church.
 
   Dozens of protesters have been arrested and police have used rubber bullets and tear gas on crowds after some tossed rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails at officers. The response has drawn criticism from many circles.
 

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