Fresh violence in riot-hit Ferguson
The trooper put in charge of tamping swirling racial tensions in this St Louis suburb vowed Sunday to stay “as long as it takes,” after one person was shot and seven arrested in fresh violence, agency reports said.
Captain Ron Johnson also apologized for a white police officer’s shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which caused long-simmering tensions to spill over for more than a week since his death in Ferguson, home to a black majority.
The US Justice Department announced that a federal medical examiner would carry out a second autopsy on Brown’s body, citing the case’s “extraordinary circumstances.” A first one has already been performed.
“I want to start off by talking to Mike Brown’s family. I want you to know my heart goes out to you, and I say that I’m sorry,” Johnson said to loud cheering and applause from a crowd of more than 1,300 people at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson.
“I will be here as long as it takes.”