A police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager has been told he will not face charges – sparking ugly protests in the US city of Ferguson.

President Barack Obama called for calm after a grand jury in Missouri decided Officer Darren Wilson should not be indicted for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson on 9 August.

Protestors reacted to the decision by throwing fire bombs and rocks at officers, while several buildings and a police car have been torched.

Sky News’ Joey Jones said he had also witnessed looting.

Officers in armoured cars responded by firing tear gas to try and disperse the demonstrators.

“I join Michael Brown’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully,” said Mr Obama.

“I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.”

The victim’s family said they were “profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequences of his actions” but added that “answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction”…. see more

 

 

source: skynews