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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Police 'fire smoke canisters at protesters' in Ferguson

Police fired smoke canisters into a crowd of about 400 demonstrators, including families with children, in Ferguson, Missouri, where they were protesting against the killing last week of an unarmed black teenager by police.

Smoke canisters 'fired at protesters' Credit: APTN

According to Reuters, police drove into the protest area in armored vehicles and shot smoke canisters at watching media representatives during a protest that had until then appeared to be peaceful.

However, the Missouri Highway Patrol said it was using the smoke canisters to disperse "aggressors" who were trying to infiltrate a law enforcement command post, and that the armored vehicles were deployed to ensure public safety.

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