Police shooting draws protesters from near, far

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — For more than a week now, protesters have lined a suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager.

The neighborhood has become the focal point of what some demonstrators consider a modern civil rights movement.

Some protesters come from the neighborhood where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot. Many others live in the greater St. Louis area. And some have flown in from out of state — drawn by the chance to participate in chants and marches being broadcast across the nation.

Most of the protesters have remained peaceful, though some have looted stores and clashed with police.

The daily demonstrations have become a way to vent frustration about what the protesters describe as a pattern of harassment by police.

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