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National Guard arrive in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. Police deployed noisemakers and armored vehicles to push demonstrators back. Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, he said. He did not have condition updates on those who were shot. Johnson said four officers were injured by rocks or bottles.

Demonstrators no longer faced the neighborhood's midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew, but police told protesters that they could not assemble in a single spot and had to keep moving. After the streets had been mostly cleared, authorities ordered reporters to leave as well, citing the risk from gunfire that had been reported.

A photographer for the Getty photo agency was arrested while covering the demonstrations and later released. Two German reporters were arrested and detained for three hours. Conservative German daily Die Welt said correspondent Ansgar Graw and reporter Frank Herrmann, who writes for German regional papers, were arrested after allegedly failing to follow police instructions to vacate an empty street. They said they followed police orders.

Johnson said members of the media had to be asked repeatedly to return to the sidewalks and that it was a matter of safety. He said in some cases it was not immediately clear who was a reporter but that once it was established, police acted properly.

Citing "a dangerous dynamic in the night," Johnson also urged protesters with peaceful intent to demonstrate during the daytime hours.

The latest clashes came after a day in which a pathologist hired by the Brown family said the unarmed 18-year-old suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned. But the pathologist said the team that examined Brown cannot be sure yet exactly how the wounds were inflicted until they have more information.

Witnesses have said Brown's hands were above his head when he was repeatedly shot by an officer Aug. 9.

The independent autopsy determined that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, the family's lawyers and hired pathologists said.

The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy found that Brown was shot six to eight times in the head and chest, office administrator Suzanne McCune said Monday. But she declined to comment further, saying the full findings were not expected for about two weeks.

A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown's death, said Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County's prosecuting attorney.

A third and final autopsy was performed Monday for the Justice Department by one of the military's most experienced medical examiners, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Holder was scheduled to travel to Ferguson later this week to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death.

The Justice Department has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to Brown's death, from the independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson for witnesses to the shooting.

In Washington, President Barack Obama said the vast majority of protesters in Ferguson were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice. Obama said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police would require Americans to "listen and not just shout."

Obama said he also spoke to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon about his deployment of the National Guard in Ferguson and urged the governor to ensure the Guard was used in a limited way.

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said Brown's parents wanted the additional autopsy because they feared results of the county's examination could be biased. Crump declined to release copies of the report.

"They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child," he said during Monday's news conference with Parcells and Baden, who has testified in several high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

The second autopsy, Crump said, "verifies that the witness accounts were true: that he was shot multiple times."

Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the private autopsy, said a bullet grazed Brown's right arm. He said the wound indicates Brown may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position across his chest or face.

"We don't know," Parcells said. "We still have to look at the other (elements) of this investigation before we start piecing things together."

Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered that fatal injury. The hired pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could have survived the other bullet wounds.

Baden also said there was no gunpowder residue on Brown's body, indicating he was not shot at close range. However, Baden said he did not have access to Brown's clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.

Crump also noted that Brown had abrasions on his face from where he fell to the ground, but there was "otherwise no evidence of a struggle."

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Associated Press writers Alan Scher Zagier in Ferguson, Jim Salter in St. Louis and David A. Lieb in Jefferson City contributed to this report.

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oh.oh.the.truth.came.out August 19 2014 at 7:49 AM

The dead thug's pal claims
Officer Wilson pulled up to
those two in his cop car,
lowered the winder
then reached out and
grabbed Brown by the throat.!
Oh please -- YOU try that once...
First -
His arm wouldn't reach out that far.
Second -
Would YOU grab a
6ft 4in 300 lb. thug by the neck?

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justworkinggirl August 19 2014 at 3:28 AM

More clashes. Damn these monkeys just don't know when to quit. Too bad they can't be bothered to invest the same amount of energy and enthusiasm that they have for attacking the police into something more worthwhile. Like, I dunno maybe a JOB.

How do all these protesters have so much time on their hands to protest all day and night? You would think there isn't a single employed black person in all of Ferguson.

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Steve August 19 2014 at 3:59 AM

How many autopsies will they have to do before they find one to give them the answers they want to hear? Just face the facts the ones already done obviously do not support allegations of police misconduct they can do enough autopsies until he is cut into ground meat-sized pieces and still not hear what they want. So why not just start teaching your kids not to rob and steal and to live honest lives then these sorts of incidents would not happen to begin with.

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Wiley August 19 2014 at 4:15 AM

SON not even buried yet and the BROWNS are counting their blood money ----

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Hi August 19 2014 at 4:10 AM

Why not just end the protests in the streets, put a 6:00 P.M. curfew on them until 5:00 A.M. unless you have to be out going to work or home from work, this is getting way out of hand.

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eaglephoenix2 August 19 2014 at 9:53 AM

What is this all about? A bunch of people who can't accept the truth and are grasping at any straw to place blame on an officer who was attacked by a big and enraged thug bully. A bully who caused events to spiral out of control. You can't blame the parents for wanting an outlet to transfer their grief but it has gone way beyond that. A group of agitators on both ends of the spectrum fanning the flames for their own opportunistic reasons. The real problem will be when, after all facts are compiled, it won't be to the liking of those causing the problems. Even if the cop is arrested and charged it still won't be enough.There you go.

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coopdabomb August 19 2014 at 6:16 AM

Send them all to watermelon heaven
They can all be "Movin on up"

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fox12ga August 19 2014 at 5:58 AM

I hope they shoot or arrest a lot more of these rioters I think they have been sent to incite this situation by Sharpton or some other race baiter. The decent people of Ferguson (if there are any) don't want this mahem .Like all the other time its a small group of agitators that keep the fire of hate burning

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jim fox12ga August 19 2014 at 1:32 PM

I saw that one of the very 'sympathetic to the cause' msnbc correspondents Chris Hayes was jawing away their biased dribble when they started getting pelted with rocks and he and camera crew had to run like scared little girls.

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roarner fox12ga August 19 2014 at 7:32 PM

Sharpton should be arrested for inciting to riot. He has perpetrated a lot of evil in his evil life. The longer the police hold off on these thugs who are looting and causing grief, the longer the looting and mayhem will persist. The police should go in, kick ass and arrest all these miscreants. Then and only then, will this sh*t stop. This has all been pre-planned.

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eaglephoenix2 roarner August 19 2014 at 8:11 PM

It is. The inaction on the part of authority here is very curious.This inaction is emboldening those who need to be shown that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. It appears that they want to ignite a race war. The strange coincidence is that Brown's shooting death on August 9 fell on the 45th anniversary of the Sharon Tate murder - a string of murders supposedly engineered by Charles Manson to spark the ultimate apocolyptic race war of "Helter Skelter"

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Wiley August 19 2014 at 4:13 AM

WHERE IS CORNELLE BROOKS ??
maybe he can shut the brothers down -
AND why so many autopsies of the body ? he was a KING KONG blackie that was hyped up and came comming forward and kept getting shot - case closed..

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bronbronco27 Wiley August 19 2014 at 3:29 PM

Under a bandana leadin the troops.

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Tom West August 19 2014 at 9:06 AM

Now with Obama involved, Holder going in Wed, Captain Ineffective Johnson, The Black Panther Leaders, Sharpton and Jackson...Well, the zoo is now complete and will be excellent sitcom viewing from the comfort of my cozy den.

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