Residents and activists took to the streets at the weekend in Missouri, to protest another killing of a black teenager by a police officer. A 32-year-old white St. Louis police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. after the officer, who was off-duty and working for a private security company, saw Myers and two friends running and pursued them, according to a statement issued by the St. Louis police department.
A protester marches through the streets during a demonstration in Clayton, Missouri, in the wake of the fatal shooting of a black teenager, 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr., by an off-duty white St. Louis police officer working for a private security firm on October 8, in what police described as a firefight. Relatives of Myers said he did not have a gun, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The incident follows the fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Jim Young/Reuters Lesley McSpadden (centre), the mother of dead teenager Michael Brown, marches during a rally in Ferguson, Missouri. Civil rights organisations and protest groups have invited people from around the country to join vigils and marches from Friday to Monday over the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Jackie Williams, uncle of Vonderrit Myers Jr., (second-right) joins hands in a prayer before a vigil at the Shaw Market in St Louis, Missouri. Jim Young/Reuters Protesters demonstrate after blocking an intersection after a vigil in St. Louis, Missouri. Jim Young/Reuters Demonstrator Bassem Masri confronts a St Louis Metropolitan Police officer, during protests following an incident in which a white off-duty policeman shot and killed a black teenager. Kenny Bahr/Reuters A woman wipes away tears during a candlelight vigil. Jim Young/Reuters Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Jim Young/Reuters Protesters participate in a sit-in during a rally for Michael Brown outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri. Jim Young/Reuters