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Protesters demand justice after teen's death

FERGUSON, Mo. (Stacey Cohan) -- Another police-involved shooting in Missouri happened just miles from where unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed over a week ago.

Community leaders in Ferguson pleaded for citizens to stay home Wednesday night.  This after another night of intense violence August 18.  Police arrested at least 74 people.

Saint Louis police shot and killed a young African-American man Tuesday.  They said the 23-year-old was acting erratically, allegedly brandishing a knife and pacing the street.  Responding officers said the man told them, "Shoot me, kill me."

When he repeatedly refused to drop the knife and continued to approach both officers fired, striking the suspect.  Police said the man had been involved in an incident at a convenience store earlier in the day.

This event happened following another night of violence in Ferguson.  Peaceful protests quickly unraveled into pockets of violence.  Law enforcement deployed tear gas and stun grenades to disperse crowds.



Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said, "The crowd got agitated and excited again. And once again, it was a criminal element that was within the crowd."

Meanwhile, it's a tale of two stories over the incident that led to these disturbances.  A friend of Officer Darren Wilson's called into a local St. Louis radio show, claiming Michael Brown rushed Officer Wilson in the moments before the shooting.  A source with detailed knowledge of the investigation said this account matches what Officer Wilson told investigators.

Witnesses, however, claimed Michael Brown was running from Officer Wilson when he was shot.  Brown's mother told NBC she wanted justice for her son.

Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, said "We have to remain focused and we have to remain strong and the violence needs to stop."

President Obama plans to send attorney general Eric Holder to Ferguson Wednesday, August 20th, 2014.


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