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08/21/2014 02:55 am ET

Leon Nelson, St. Louis Protester, Describes Being Injured During Arrest In Ferguson, Missouri

For the past 11 days, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., have taken to the streets to call for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

On Tuesday night, the situation appeared to have calmed. Then, around midnight central time, water bottles and urine were reportedly thrown at the police.

Officers responded with a show of force, forming a police line and wading into the crowd to find the perpetrators.

Line of officers in #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/U6s7FTGWoH

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 20, 2014

Confrontation between protestors and cops #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/W8dW0WiOAB

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 20, 2014

During a press conference early Wednesday, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said "violent instigators" were responsible for the tense encounter.

Leon Nelson, 18, of St. Louis, was injured in the clash with police.

"I guess a kid threw a plastic bottle towards the police officer and they got mad, and so you know, they just started chasing all the kids and all the adults and everything," Nelson told HuffPost reporter Ryan J. Reilly. "…While we was running, I turned around and I see these six officers behind me with a Taser aiming at my back. And they yelling at all the officers in front of me, telling 'em to get me."

Nelson, who denies throwing a water bottle, went on to describe how officers allegedly assaulted him. He was then taken into custody and detained for four hours.

Watch the full interview above.

08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT

The Toll On Michael Brown's Family

USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:

Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.

In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.

"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."

Read the rest at USA Today.

08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT

New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot

New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.

CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.

Read the rest here.

08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT

Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing

08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT

Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond

08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT

Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown

08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT

Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents

USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father

08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT

Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death

08/25/2014 12:16 PM EDT

Michael Brown Had Been Dreaming About Death

08/25/2014 11:57 AM EDT

Program For The Funeral

08/25/2014 11:14 AM EDT

Public Still Trying To Get Inside Church

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