Arrests in Missouri protest over police shooting of teen
BERKELEY, USA – Between six and eight protesters were arrested in Berkeley, Missouri, on Wednesday, December 24 following the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white officer, US news reports said.
KMOV television in St. Louis said the demonstrators were taken into custody after they blocked part of a busy roadway in a "die-in" protest against a string of shootings of black people in the United States by white police officers.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper said about 75 people staged a second protest over police killings late Wednesday, as churchgoers quietly filed into the city's cathedral for a midnight Christmas mass.
Wednesday's protest occurred nearly 24 hours after teenager Antonio Martin was killed by a police officer at a Berkeley gas station.
In the immediate aftermath, a 300-strong crowd lobbed bricks and fireworks in violent clashes with police.
The shooting on Tuesday, December 23 occurred not far from Ferguson, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer, a mainly black town with a mostly white police force which has become 'Ground Zero' of the protests.
Demonstrations gained momentum after other African Americans – in most instances unarmed – were killed during confrontations with white police.
Officials in Berkeley have said the officer involved in the shooting appeared to have acted in self-defense. – Rappler.com