Yamiche Alcindor, Brandie Piper an John Bacon, USA TODAY
FERGUSON, Mo. Authorities on Tuesday delayed revealing the identity of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teen three days ago, citing threats against the officer on social media.
Chief Thomas Jackson had said he would reveal the officer's name by noon Tuesday. Timothy Zoll, spokesperson for the Ferguson Police Department, said due to the threats there is now no timetable for release the officer's name.
Witnesses say Michael Brown, 18, had raised his hands to surrender when the shots were fired. Police have not confirmed that information.
Monday night, officers in riot gear lobbed tear gas at crowds angered by the weekend shooting. KSDK-TV in St. Louis reported that police officers trying to quell unrest and violence began firing tear gas at crowds here. There were 15 arrests but no reports of looting.
'This is a lot of young people reacting to getting shot at with tear gas, being met with riot gear,' said protester Shawn Jordan. 'How else are these young kids going to react when they are being met with agresiveness?'
Jackson said members of the crowd threw rocks at police and gunfire came from the crowd, so officers used tear gas and shot 'beanbag rounds' meant to stun them. Jackson said police blocked off the area where most of the looting and vandalism occurred the previous night out of concern that cars passing by might hit demonstrators in the street.
Earlier Monday, the NAACP sponsored a community forum that drew hundreds of people. National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks demanded justice while condemning the violence and looting.
'Martin Luther King did not live and die that we might steal and lie in the name of justice in the middle of the night,' said Cornell. 'He lived and died that we might seek justice in the middle of the day.'
Sunday night, two police officers were injured and 32 arrested during riots that broke out. Demands for answers in Ferguson have been steadily growing louder.
The FBI opened an investigation Monday into the death of Brown, who police said was shot multiple times Saturday after being confronted by an officer in Ferguson, a suburb of 21,000 that's nearly 70% black.
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