WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama urged calm Monday as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen.
“I join Michael (Brown)’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully,” Obama told reporters.
“I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing p
eaceful protests that may occur.”
On the other hand, police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters in Missouri state’s Ferguson city soon after the jury decision.
An AFP correspondent at the scene said the streets were filled with smoke after police in riot gear fired tear gas to push back crowds throwing rocks and bottles at officers as demonstrators surrounded the town’s police station