Vandalism reported in Missouri after vigil for unarmed black teen fatally shot by police

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Some incidents of looting and vandalism have been reported after a vigil held for an unarmed black man shot and killed by a suburban St. Louis police officer.

A few thousand people had crammed the street Sunday night for the vigil for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who died on Saturday.

An Associated Press reporter saw some people looting a convenience store. Other witnesses reported seeing car windows kicked out.

Several dozen protesters sat down in street in a face-off with police in riot gear. Police made no move toward them.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. St. Louis county officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Police say Brown was shot multiple times after a scuffle involving the officer and two people.

Justice Department monitoring Missouri shooting

A spokeswoman says the U.S. Justice Department is monitoring developments in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed St. Louis area teenager.

Police haven't disclosed the identity of the man killed by police Saturday in Ferguson, but family members say he's 18-year-old Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Sunday at a news conference that the shooting followed an altercation between an officer and two people. Belmar said one person allegedly pushed the officer into his patrol car and assaulted the officer. He said after a struggle, the officer got out of his vehicle and shot at "a subject."

Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said Sunday that Attorney General Eric Holder has instructed attorneys in the department's civil rights division to monitor developments related to the shooting.

Sharpton plans Mo. visit in deadly shooting's wake

The Reverend Al Sharpton says the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a St. Louis-area police officer is "very disturbing," and the civil-rights leader is planning a visit to make that known.

Sharpton tells The Associated Press that he's spoken with a grandfather of Michael Brown and plans to meet with the family in person Monday night or Tuesday in Ferguson, Missouri.

That's where St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the shooting happened Saturday afternoon after an officer scuffled with one of two men. Brown was shot multiple times and died, though the investigation continues.

The shooting has drawn angry protests in Ferguson, and Sharpton cautions against anyone reacting to Brown's death with violence. But he says "obviously we want a fair investigation."
 

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