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August 18th, 2014
09:44 PM ET

How a 1997 bank robbery led to police militarization

The National Guard is standing by in Ferguson as officials brace for more violence. Anger over unarmed black teen Michael Brown shot and killed by police has exploded into chaos.

Despite a mandatory curfew, protests spiraled out of control Sunday night. Protesters hurled molotov cocktails at police who used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.

Two people were shot and injured, but officials say they were not shot by police.

The images out of Ferguson have been shocking. Police officers look like they're going to war. But there's a reason why police are so armed.

It all started with a bank robbery gone wrong.

CNN's Kyung Lah reports.


Filed under: Justice • Michael Brown • News
August 18th, 2014
09:03 PM ET

Private autopsy finds Michael Brown shot at least 6 times

After another night of violence in Ferguson, the Missouri National Guard is now on the ground as residents gather to protest the death of Michael Brown.

Earlier Monday, a forensic pathologist hired by the Brown family revealed that the unarmed teen was hit by six bullets. According to the private autopsy, no evidence was found that he struggled with Wilson before his death.

That analysis may contradict the version of events recounted by woman who says she is friends with Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown. According to the account on St. Louis radio station KFTK, phoned in by the woman who identified herself as "Josie," the altercation began after Officer Wilson rolled down his window to tell Brown and a friend to stop walking in the street.

Wilson pursued Brown and his friend, she says, and ordered them to freeze. When they turned around, Brown began taunting Wilson, saying he would not arrest them. The caller says Brown then ran at the officer at full speed.

"All of a sudden he just started to bum-rush him," she says of Brown. "He just started coming at [Darren] full speed and so he just started shooting and he just kept coming."

CNN's David Mattingly is in Ferguson with the latest.


Filed under: Justice • Michael Brown • News
August 18th, 2014
08:47 PM ET

Nelly: "We haven't seen too many penalties for officers killing black men"

Rapper and St. Louis native Nelly is pushing for peace in the wake of Michael Brown's death.

Over the weekend, he urged crowds at a charity event and his concert to pay tribute to the teen.

"If I could get everybody to rise and just raise their hands in support for everything that's going on back home in my city," Nelly told the crowd. "I'm asking for you and pleading for you, raise your hands for one sec, say 'hands up, please don't shoot,' so we can send our love back home to St. Louis.

In interview with CNN's Erin Burnett Grammy Award-Winning Artist Nelly says the anger on the streets of Ferguson has to be channeled into something positive.


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