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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Protests Continue In Ferguson After Police Kill Unarmed Teen

Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, turned violent last night, with police using tear gas and smoke bombs to repel demonstrators. A police spokesman says that was a response to some protesters throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at officers.

The protests were sparked by the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by police on Saturday. The teen was not armed.

Here and Now’s Robin Young speaks with Jelani Cobb, associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He is in Missouri to participate in the protests.

Cobb’s latest pieces in The New Yorker are “The Anger In Ferguson” and “What I Saw In Ferguson.”

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