A heavily armed, militarised police team fired teargas and rubber bullets to force hundreds of protesters out of the centre of a small Missouri town last night, amid a crackdown on demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown.
Brown was shot and killed by a white policeman.
Dozens of officers, some carrying assault rifles, advanced with a pair of armoured trucks on the young and predominantly African American crowd in Fergsuon.
For hours, police snipers trained their weapons on demonstrators who protested with their hands up as an emblem of peaceful protest.
When events escalated last night, in the city of just 21-thousand people, protesters described being subjected to military-style tactics as they fled through gas-filled residential side-streets.