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Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds her hands up during protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor speaks to other demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor speaks to other demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators participate in a die-in protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators participate in a die-in protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator yells at police officers during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds up a poster standing next to a makeshift memorial for a black teen shot dead by a white officer at the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri, December 24, 2014. Officials scrambled to head off renewed anger after the armed teenager was shot dead, insisting the use of force was justified. The killing took place late December 23 in a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri -- ground zero of a new protest movement over police killing of black suspects -- and triggered immediate protests. Nationwide protests were sparked after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, a mainly African American town with a mostly white police force. After several weeks, demonstrations gained momentum in reaction to several other killings of black suspects by police, including that of Eric Garner, who died in a chokehold in New York last July. AFP PHOTO MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A poster is pinned to a makeshift memorial for a black teen shot dead by a white officer at the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri, December 24, 2014. Officials scrambled to head off renewed anger after the armed teenager was shot dead, insisting the use of force was justified. The killing took place late December 23 in a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri -- ground zero of a new protest movement over police killing of black suspects -- and triggered immediate protests. Nationwide protests were sparked after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, a mainly African American town with a mostly white police force. After several weeks, demonstrations gained momentum in reaction to several other killings of black suspects by police, including that of Eric Garner, who died in a chokehold in New York last July. AFP PHOTO MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters yell at police protecting the perimeter of a scene on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 where teenager was fatally shot by a police officer about 90 minutes before at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road in Berkeley, Mo. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
A police officer with a fire extinguisher stands in the broken out entry to a QuikTrip that was partially looted and set on fire on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 across the street from where a teenager was fatally shot late on Dec. 23, 2014 at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road in Berkeley, Mo. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
BERKELEY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 24: A woman claiming to be the girlfriend of 18 year-old Antonio Martin leaves a message on a makeshift memorial outside the Mobil on the Run gas station where Martin was shot and killed yesterday by a Berkeley police officer on December 24, 2014 in Berkeley, Missouri. The suspect, a black male, pulled a gun on the officer who was responding to to a report of stealing in the St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri. Following the shooting protesters gathered at the scene and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 24: Road cones block the entrance to the Mobil on the Run gas station where 18 year-old Antonio Martin was shot and killed yesterday by a Berkeley police officer on December 24, 2014 in Berkeley, Missouri. The suspect, a black male, pulled a gun on the officer who was responding to to a report of stealing in the St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri. Following the shooting protesters gathered at the scene and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 24: A makeshift memorial at the Mobil on the Run gas station where 18 year-old Antonio Martin was shot and killed yesterday by a Berkeley police officer on December 24, 2014 in Berkeley, Missouri. The suspect, a black male, pulled a gun on the officer who was responding to to a report of stealing in the St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri. Following the shooting protesters gathered at the scene and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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A violent night erupted in St. Louis County after a Berkeley police officer shot and killed an armed teenager who reportedly pointed a gun at him.
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BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- Violent protests broke out in suburban St. Louis after another black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was questioning the 18-year-old and another man about a theft late Tuesday at a convenience store in Berkeley when the young man pulled a 9mm handgun on him. The officer stumbled backward but fired three shots, one of which struck the victim, Belmar said.

Berkeley is just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9. Brown's death sparked weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations and a grand jury's decision to not charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting has spurred a nationwide movement to protest police brutality.

Belmar declined to name the 18-year-old killed in Berkeley, but a woman at the scene told reporters she was his mother and identified him as Antonio Martin. Belmar said he was 18 years old and black.

The 34-year-old white police officer, a six-year veteran of the Berkeley Police Department, is on administrative leave pending an investigation, Belmar said.

"He will carry the weight of this for the rest of his life, certainly for the rest of his career," Belmar said. "So there are no winners here."

Police released surveillance video from the parking lot outside the store. The nearly two-minute clip shows two young men leaving the store at about the time a police car rolls up. The officer gets out and speaks with them. About a minute-and-a-half later, the video appears to show one of the men raising his arm, though what he is holding is difficult to see because they were several feet from the camera. Belmar said it was a 9mm handgun.

The other man ran away, and police are searching for him.

It was the third fatal shooting of a black suspect by a white police officer in the St. Louis area since Brown was killed. Kajaime Powell, 25, was killed Aug. 9 after approaching St. Louis officers with a knife. Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18, was fatally shot Oct. 8 after allegedly shooting at a St. Louis officer.

Each shooting has been met by protests, and a crowd quickly gathered late Tuesday and early Wednesday in Berkeley. The demonstration involving up to 300 people turned violent.

More than 50 police officers, some in riot gear, responded. Video showed some wrestling with protesters. Belmar said officers used pepper spray but not tear gas. Four people were arrested on charges of assaulting officers.

Belmar said three explosive devices, possibly fireworks, were tossed near gas pumps. Some protesters threw rocks and bricks. One officer was hit by a brick and treated for facial cuts. Another was treated for a leg injury sustained as he tried to get away from one of the explosives.

The protest spilled to a neighboring convenience store where a man in a hoodie set a fire inside the store. The fire was quickly put out, but the glass door was shattered.

Orlando Brown, 36, of nearby St. Charles was among the protesters.

"I understand police officers have a job and have an obligation to go home to their families at the end of the night," he said. "But do you have to treat every situation with lethal force? ... It's not a racial issue, or black or white. It's wrong or right."

Brown said he was pepper-sprayed during the protest and that his friend was arrested for failing to disperse.

Toni Martin, Antonio Martin's mother, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that her son was with his girlfriend at the time of the shooting. The video did not appear to show a female with the two young men.

Belmar said the 18-year-old had a considerable criminal record in the less than two years since he turned 17, with three assault charges, armed robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

The chief said some protesters questioned why the officer couldn't use pepper spray or a stun gun.

"Frankly, that's unreasonable," Belmar said. "When we had somebody pointing a gun at a police officer, there's not a lot of time."

Berkeley has body cameras and dashboard cameras. The officer wasn't wearing his body camera, Belmar said. The dashboard camera activates when the red lights are on, and they were not on at the convenience store.

Belmar said the body of the young man remained on the scene for about two hours. After Brown died in August, the fact that his body remained on the street for more than four hours drew widespread criticism. Belmar said two hours is fairly typical as police gather evidence, and he said interference from protesters may have prolonged the situation in Berkeley.

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Officers from the St. Louis Police Department walk through a crowd of protesters outside the Ferguson Police Department, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest following the resignation of the city's police chief in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department report. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
20-year-old Jeffrey Williams has been charged with firing the shots that struck two police officers at a protest outside the police station in Ferguson. Williams has acknowledged firing the shots, but St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says there is some evidence that indicates he may have been shooting at someone else.
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 14: Protestors march in silence during a Black Lives Matter protest in Saint Louis, USA on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 14: Protestors march in silence during a Black Lives Matter protest in Saint Louis, USA on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 14: Protestors march in silence during a Black Lives Matter protest in Saint Louis, USA on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 14: Protestors march in silence during a Black Lives Matter protest in Saint Louis, USA on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
St. Louis Police Department Lt. Jerry Lohr, front, walks through a crowd of protesters trying to get them to move out of the street outside the Ferguson Police Department, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest following the resignation of the city's police chief in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department report. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters gather across the street from the Ferguson Police Department, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest following the resignation of the city's police chief in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department report. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
People take part in a candlelight vigil Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest following the resignation of the city's police chief in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department report. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 12: Protestors gather and shout slogans in front of the Ferguson Police Department during ongoing protests after the Justice Department released their report exposing corruption in the police department and court system of Ferguson, USA on March 12, 2015. Officials, including the Chief of Police, have been forced to resign after the release of the report. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 12: A protestor lays down in the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department during ongoing protests after the Justice Department released their report exposing corruption in the police department and court system of Ferguson, USA on March 12, 2015. Officials, including the Chief of Police, have been forced to resign after the release of the report. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 12: Protestors hold banners in front of the Ferguson Police Department during ongoing protests after the Justice Department released their report exposing corruption in the police department and court system of Ferguson, USA on March 12, 2015. Officials, including the Chief of Police, have been forced to resign after the release of the report. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 12: Law enforcement officials secure the crime scene and continue to search for evidence outside the police station after two officers were shot and wounded during last night's protest on March 12, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrators had gathered outside the station to celebrate and protest after learning the city's police chief would be stepping down following the release of a Justice Department report that disparaged the department. Ferguson has faced many violent protests since the August shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 12: Police block off an area on South Florissant Road outside the Ferguson Police Department on March12, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Two police officers were shot and wounded in front of the Ferguson Police department overnight as protestors gathered after the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. Both officers were taken to hospital with serious injuries but were reported to be concious. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
Police shine a light on and photograph a helmet as they investigate the scene where two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police shine a light on a helmet as they investigate the scene where two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police shine a light on a helmet as they investigate the scene where two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Police stand watch outside the Ferguson Police Department where two police officers were shot Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors demonstrate outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors demonstrate outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors demonstrate outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors demonstrate outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: A St. Louis County Police officer stands alert in riot gear during a protests outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors demonstrate outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Police officers stand on alert during a protests outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors hang a sign during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Children draw on the sidewalk with chalk outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: A protestor holds a sign during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Police in riot gear respond to demonstrators blocking traffic during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors hold up their hands in front of police car during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors demonstrate by sitting on a police car during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Protestors sit in the street outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
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FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 11: Police in riot gear respond to demonstrators blocking traffic during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
A protester yells at police outside the Ferguson Police Department, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Earlier in the day, the resignation of Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson was announced in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police and protesters square off outside the Ferguson Police Department, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Earlier in the day, the resignation of Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson was announced in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police and protesters square off outside the Ferguson Police Department, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Earlier in the day, the resignation of Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson was announced in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Police arrest a demonstrator outside the Ferguson Police Department, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Earlier in the day, the resignation of Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson was announced in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Ferguson officials are telling reporters that Thomas Jackson will step down as police chief by the end of the day, but we've heard that before.
A demonstrator chants during a rally in downtown Manhattan in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Demonstrators chant at Freedom Plaza in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Demonstrators hold hands as they pray at the George Gordon Meade Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at Freedom plaza in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All march and rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A demonstrators holds a banner during a prayer in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All march. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: Reverend Al Sharpton speaks during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: Michael Brown Sr., father of Michael Brown Jr., protest during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: Michael Brown Sr., father of Michael Brown Jr., protest during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C.(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: People gather to protest against police violence during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: People gather to protest against police violence during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: People gather to protest against police violence during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: People gather to protest against police violence during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 13: Thousands of protesters participate in the 'Justice For All' march against police violence on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Protesters held a rally at Freedom Plaza before marching to the U.S. Capitol. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Reverend Al Sharpton (R) and Lesley McSpadden (C-red hair), mother of Ferguson shooting victim Michael Brown, lead the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, DC, December 13, 2014. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for black men who have died at the hands of white police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: People gather to protest against police violence during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 13: Thousands of protesters participate in the 'Justice For All' march against police violence on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Protesters held a rally at Freedom Plaza before marching to the U.S. Capitol. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 13: People gather to protest against police violence during the national march after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, on December 13, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 12: Denver School of the Arts student, Zamir Almazbek, draws I Can't Breath on the sidewalk at the City Park Pavilion December 12, 2014. Denver Public School students, organizers and supporters gathered at City Park and then marched towards downtown protesting police brutality in Ferguson, New York and Denver. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Michael Brown Sr. (L), the father of Ferguson shooting victim Michael Brown, stands with US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (C), D-New York, and Reverend Al Sharpton (R) during the 'Justice For All' march in Washington, DC, December 13, 2014. Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for black men who have died at the hands of white police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators march over the inbound lane of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Faith leaders from communities throughout New York City lead a demonstration and prayer vigil on the steps of City Hall in protest to the Staten Island, New York grand jury's recent decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July on December 12, 2014 in New York City. Protests and demonstrations have continued throughout the nation since the Grand Jury verdict was announced last week. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
About 100 pro-police demonstrators stand hold signs outside the Ferguson Police Department as the shadows of counter demonstrators are seen on the street Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch speaks during a news conference Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Clayton, Mo. McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams has been charged in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Pro-police protesters are seen in the glasses of a counter protester outside the Ferguson Police Department Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 15: A demonstrator rips an American flag during a protest outside the Ferguson police station on March 15, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis County prosecutor announced Sunday that Jeffrey Williams, a 20-year-old black male, was arrested for the shooting of two police officers who were working outside the Ferguson police station during a protest last week. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - MARCH 15: Pro-police demonstrators argue with anti-police demonstrators during a protest outside the Ferguson police station on March 15, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis County prosecutor announced Sunday that Jeffrey Williams, a 20-year-old black male, was arrested for the shooting of two police officers who were working outside the Ferguson police station during a protest last week. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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