Arrests in protest over police shooting of black teen

Arrests in protest over police shooting of black teen
Protesters engage in a "die in" at the gas station where black teenager Antonio Martin was killed in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014.

BERKELEY, United States - Between six and eight protesters were arrested in Berkeley, Missouri, on Wednesday following the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white officer, US news reports said.

KMOV television in St. Louis said the demonstrators were taken into custody after they blocked part of a busy roadway in a "die-in" protest against a string of shootings of black people in the United States by white police officers.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper said about 75 people staged a second protest over police killings late Wednesday, as churchgoers quietly filed into the city's cathedral for a midnight Christmas mass.

Wednesday's protest occurred nearly 24 hours after teenager Antonio Martin was killed by a police officer at a Berkeley gas station.

In the immediate aftermath, a 300-strong crowd lobbed bricks and fireworks in violent clashes with police.

Tuesday's shooting occurred not far from Ferguson, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer, a mainly black town with a mostly white police force which has become 'Ground Zero' of the protests.

Demonstrations gained momentum after other African Americans - in most instances unarmed - were killed during confrontations with white police.

Officials in Berkeley have said the officer involved in the shooting appeared to have acted in self-defence.

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