Protesters have numbered in the thousands at some events since Friday in the St. Louis area in demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to what they say is police mistreatment of blacks.
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Chanting “black lives matter” and other slogans, protesters joined in prayer at a local church before marching to the nearby police department, a target for many who have expressed outrage over the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Tensions escalated in recent days after a white officer in St. Louis shot and killed another 18-year-old black man, Vonderrit Myers Jr., on Oct. 8. – Tribune wire reports