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In photos: Tensions rise as police mobilize in unrest over black teen's death

FBI is pursuing a civil-rights investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18

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Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in St. Louis, Mo., on Aug. 12, 2014.

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Police officers keep watch over protests in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 12. Police have not identified the officer who shot Brown. The FBI and St. Louis County have launched investigations into the matter.

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Police officers keep watch at a protest in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s death has fuelled racial tensions in the Missouri town.

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People raise their hands during a gathering to calm tensions at Greater St. Mark Family Church in St. Louis. On Aug. 12, U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans to remember Brown through ‘reflection and understanding,’ and promised an investigation of the case by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Police cars are parked in front of a QuikTrip store which was destroyed during rioting in Ferguson on Aug. 12.

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Police in Ferguson, Mo., keep watch on protests on Aug. 12. Early Wednesdya, a police officer shot and critically wounded a man who drew a handgun near a protest site, a police official said.

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Police have confronted protesters with tear gas in several evenings of demonstrations against Brown’s death.

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Ferguson police say Brown, 18, was shot in a struggle with a gun in a police car. They have not said why Brown was in the car. A witness to the shooting interviewed by local media has said Brown had been putting his hands up to surrender when he was killed.

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Michael Brown Sr., Brown’s father, listens to speakers during a news conference outside the Old Courthouse on Aug. 12, 2014, in St. Louis.

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Demonstrator Anthony Shahid shouts at police officers outside the St. Louis County Circuit Clerk building in Clayton, Mo., on Aug. 12, 2014. Protesters chanted ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ at the gathering.

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A demonstrator raises his hands in front of of a police officer in Ferguson on Aug. 11, 2014.

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