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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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National Guard 'well-equipped' to protect Ferguson

Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason said his men were "seasoned soldiers" well equipped for the mission of protecting Ferguson.

Missouri National Guard troops were being deployed on Monday to the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to try to restore calm to an area that has become a nightly scene of rioting and protests over the August 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.

Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason Credit: Reuters

Speaking at a press conference following the announcement by the Mayor, Mason said: "Our soldiers have been well trained and seen many missions of state response over the years."

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