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Hundreds protest in town where US black teen was slain

Demonstrators protest outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri during the National March on Ferguson, August 30, 2014
Demonstrators protest outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri during the National March on Ferguson, August 30, 2014

More than 1,000 protesters marched in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, peacefully reprising recent demonstrations over the shooting this month of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, US media reported.

The New York Times wrote that some protesters called for more demonstrations on Monday, urging motorists to tie up traffic on the Labor Day national holiday.

The newspaper wrote that Saturday's march and rally were organized by a coalition of black activists, Missouri state legislators, civil rights organizers and other groups.

The August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent crackdown on demonstrators in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson revived a debate about race in the United States, and sparked condemnation of the militarization of the nation's police forces.

Ferguson was hit with several days of at times violent protests and clashes in the wake of Brown's shooting by white police officer Darren Wilson.

A grand jury is hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson, 28, used excessive force in fatally shooting Brown, found in autopsies to have been shot six times.

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