2 police officers shot in racially charged Ferguson, Missouri
WASHINGTON: Two police officers were shot in racially charged Ferguson, Missouri, early on Thursday morning only hours after the city police chief resigned in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department report that was highly critical of the police, courts, and city officials in the town where a white policeman fatally shot a black man last summer.
The shots came from a crowd of protesters, but neither of the wounded officers was from the Ferguson Police Department.
One, a 14-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, was shot in the shoulder, and the other, a seven-year veteran of the Webster Groves Police Department, was struck in the face, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.
The officers were listed in serious condition, and it was not clear who fired the shots, officials said.
Police from several jurisdictions in Missouri were in Ferguson last night and early on Thursday to monitor the latest Ferguson protests.