Washington : Missouri police fired tear gas and smoke bombs at a crowd of protesters demonstrating against the death of an unarmed black teen by an officer, US media reported. CNN and other media reported that police officers in riot gear marched toward the protesters near a burned out gas station on Wednesday where demonstrators had gathered in the town of Ferguson, a St Louis suburb.
Police separately arrested two journalists reporting on the unrest that has roiled Ferguson since aspiring college student Michael Brown, 18, died on Saturday in a police shooting.
Wesley Lowery, a Washington Post political reporter, and Ryan Reilly, a Huffington Post reporter, were arrested in a McDonald’s after police entered the restaurant and ordered people to leave, the pair wrote on Twitter. In a series of tweets, Lowery said they were given no explanation for their arrest other than “trespassing” and were not charged with any offenses before being released.