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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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Missouri police claim killed teen 'robbed store'

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Police say a black teenager shot dead by an officer was suspected of robbing a store shortly before he was killed.

They released documents saying Michael Brown, 18, was believed to have stolen a £30 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of St Louis, Missouri.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know he was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting and stopped Mr Brown and a companion "because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic".

The officer who shot Mr Brown, Darren Wilson, 28, had been a policeman for six years and had no complaints filed against him, Mr Jackson said.

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