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Parents of US teenager Michael Brown reject police apology

The parents of the unarmed black teenager gunned down by police in Ferguson in the US have rejected an apology by the city's top cop.

Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said Darren Wilson, the white officer who fired the gun, should instead be arrested.

The 18-year-old's death sparked days of widespread rioting.

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Journalists arrested and protesters 'tear gassed'

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Protests in a US town over the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown have been dispersed by riot police using tear gas and rubber bullets, the Associated Press has reported.

Protesters on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri faced heavily armed police officers and armoured trucks identical to those used by the military. Eyewitnesses report that officers opened fire with tear gas after "objects" were thrown at the police lines.

Earlier, journalists Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post said they were handcuffed and put into a police van after officers came in to quickly clear the fast-food restaurant where they were doing some work.

The Washington Post reported that Lowery said that at one point, he was slammed against a drinks machine and plastic cuffs were put on his wrists.

The reporters were subsequently released without any charges.

Martin D. Baron, the Post's executive editor, issued a statement saying "there was absolutely no justification for his arrest" and that the organization was appalled by the conduct of the officers involved.

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