St. Louis Police Tear Gas Fatal Shooting Protesters

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ST. LOUIS – Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators and made nine arrests Wednesday night in north St. Louis as protests continued over another officer-involved fatal shooting of a young black man earlier in the day.

Police said Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, pointed a gun at them before officers opened fire.

Relations have been tense between police and some residents in St. Louis for some time now. And protesters did not appear ready to give police the benefit of a doubt a year after Michael Brown, a black teenager, was shot and killed by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

His death sparked protests and reignited a national conversation around race and policing.

Police Chief Sam Dotson said some protesters on Wednesday threw bricks and bottles at officers, and eventually police tear gas filled the air.

Dotson also said a car was set on fire and some businesses were burglarized. At night, blazes were reported at houses in the neighborhood.

Police maintained an increased presence at the intersection of Walton and Page, the site of the protests, throughout the night, Dotson said.