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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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Obama: 'No excuse' for looting or excessive police force

US President Barack Obama said there is "no excuse" for excessive force by police or those looting and carrying guns in the Missouri town where a teenager was shot by an officer.

President Obama said there is 'no excuse' for excessive police violence in Missouri. Credit: Reuters

He said: "There is no excuse for excessive force by police or any action that denies people the right to protest peacefully. Ours is a nation of laws for the people who live under them and the people who live under them."

He added: "We have all seen images of protesters and law enforcement in the streets. It is clear that the majority are peacefully protesting. It is also clear that a minority are not."

While he accepted that the shooting had raised passions across much of the community he said: "Giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns or even attacking the police, only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos. It undermines rather than advancing justice."

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