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article imageProtests return to Missouri after black teen slain by police

By Nathan Salant     Dec 25, 2014 in Crime
Saint Louis - Hundreds of angry demonstrators took to the streets of another St. Louis suburb Tuesday to protest the slaying of a black teen by a white police officer.
The latest incident occurred in Berkeley, Mo., just two miles from where a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August, setting off months of sometimes violent protests.
But similarities in the two cases appear to end there as police said the teen slain Tuesday had been armed and threatening the officer, according to the Reuters news service.
Police declined to identify the victim or the officer involved in the shooting, although the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper later identified the youth as Antonio Martin, 18, Reuters said.
At a news conference early Wednesday, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called the shooting a tragedy and said it happened at a Mobil On The Run gas station
"There are no winners here," Belmar said. "There are nothing but losers."
As many as 300 angry people gathered outside the police station in Berkeley with some throwing bricks and fireworks at a force of 50 officers protecting the building, Reuters said.
Two officers were injured and four protesters were arrested and charged with assault, Belmar said.
Belmar said the shooting involved a six-year veteran of the Berkeley department who was investigating a theft report and had gotten out of his car to talk with two men at the gas station.
One of the two pointed a 9mm handgun at the officer, Belmar said, prompting the officer to pull his gun and fire three shots.
The suspect was hit by one bullet and was pronounced dead at the scene, Reuters said.
Police are seeking the man who was with Martin when the officer arrived.
Belmar said the officer, who was not named, had not wearing his body camera and had not activated his car's dashboard camera at the time of the shooting, Reuters said.
St. Louis County has assigned a prosecutor to the investigation and two witnesses already have been questioned, Belmar told Reuters.
The U.S. Justice Department announced in November that it would investigate the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on the streets of Ferguson in August.
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