Michael Brown Shooting: Cop's Name Concealed Amidst Missouri Riots

Image: Michael Brown Shooting: Cop's Name Concealed Amidst Missouri Riots Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Landov)

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 09:46 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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The Michael Brown police shooting sparked two nights of rioting in the Missouri town of Ferguson this week, leading cops to conceal the name of the officer involved until the investigation concludes.

The streets of the predominantly black town of Ferguson, while remaining tense, saw much less violence Tuesday night as everyone from President Barack Obama to Brown's parents asked for calm, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Brown, 18, was shot and killed Saturday after reportedly getting into an altercation with a cop after the officer stopped Brown and another man as they were walking along a street. Race has been a focal point in the incident involving the unarmed Brown, an African-American, and the police officer, who is allegedly white.

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The shooting sparked riots in the following days in the St. Louis suburb. Police spokesman Brian Schellman said 32 people were arrested for various infractions including assault, burglary, and theft. He said there were no reports of civilians hurt, but two officers reportedly suffered minor injuries.

"I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding," Obama said in a statement released Tuesday.

"We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds," the president added.

Civil rights activist and MSNBC talk show host Al Sharpton told a crowd Tuesday that Brown's family wants "answers" to the shooting but spoke against the riots that followed.

"I know you are angry," Sharpton said while standing with Brown's family. "I know this is outrageous . . . But we cannot be more outraged than his mom and dad. If they can hold their heads in dignity, then we can hold our heads up in dignity."

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said Tuesday that he will not release the name of the police officer involved in the shooting because of threats made against him and the police department.

"The value of releasing the name is far outweighed by the risk of harm to the officer and his family," Jackson said, according to The New York Times.

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