Suspect arrested in Ferguson police shooting: Police

AFP , Sunday 15 Mar 2015

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers in the racially troubled US suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis County police said Sunday.

A police spokesperson confirmed the arrest to AFP, after the department posted the news on its Twitter account and the press was summoned to a news conference.

"An arrest has been made in connection with the shooting of two police officers in #Ferguson," the department said on Twitter.

Two Ferguson police officers were wounded by gunshots early Thursday during a protest over the treatment of blacks by the town's mainly white police force. The officers, who were shot in the face and shoulder, have been released from the hospital.

A recent report by the US Justice Department found evidence of deep-seated institutional racism in the city's government and mostly white police force, sparking new protests in the divided city.

The police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson in 2014 sparked months of sometimes violent protests and police crackdowns in the suburban town.

Ferguson's police chief and other officials stepped down following the Justice Department report while the mayor has resisted calls to resign.

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