Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson aren’t yet saying how many people were arrested during a night of violent protests over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says about 10 people were arrested — including a St. Louis alderman who had been chronicling the protests on social media.

Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails.

The violence came hours after the police chief in Ferguson said race relations were the top priority in the town, where a white police officer fatally shot the black teen.

Since Saturday’s shooting, officers from multiple departments in riot gear and in military equipment have clashed nightly with the protesters.

Two reporters — from the Washington Post and the Huffington Post — say they were detained by police for not clearing out quickly enough from a McDonald’s where they were working – near the protests but away from the most violent areas. They were released without any charges. Both say they were assaulted but weren’t seriously hurt.

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042-c-07-(Jeff Roberson, AP correspondent)-“in a line”-AP correspondent Jeff Roberson reports authorities in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer have used tear gas to try to disperse protesters after flaming projectiles were thrown from the crowd. (14 Aug 2014)

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043-c-11-(Jeff Roberson, AP correspondent)-"pockets of groups"-AP correspondent Jeff Roberson reports that protests have been growing in the area where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last weekend. (14 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO MOJR127: Police walk through a cloud of smoke as they clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (13 Aug 2014)

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