2014-08-18 17:34:53

Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson; Autopsy Shows Police Shot Michael Brown 6 Times

A private autopsy report has found that Michael Brown -- the African-American teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri -- was shot at least six times including twice in the head. Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard into Ferguson after another night of protests over the shootings. In a statement, Nixon said he chose to activate the National Guard because of "deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent acts." For the past two nights, police have tried to enforce a five-hour curfew starting at midnight. On Sunday night, local police fired tear gas, smoke canisters, and rubber bullets in an attempt to clear the streets before the curfew began. Police accused some protesters of throwing molotov cocktails and trying to overrun the police command center. Earlier in the day on Sunday, 1,300 people packed the Greater Grace Church for a rally attended by Michael Brown's parents. We hear from two of the speakers at the event, Michael Brown's cousin Ty Pruitt, and Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who apologized to Brown's family on behalf of local police. 

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