Police have arrested 31 people in the US town of Ferguson, Missouri after they allegedly came under “heavy fire” from some of the demonstrators.
Police actions have been under heavy scrutiny after protests erupted following the death of teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer.
“Not a single bullet was fired by officers despite coming under heavy attack,” said State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson.
Johnson blamed “violent agitators” for using the peaceful protests as a cover to commit criminal acts, adding that two pistols and a petrol bomb were confiscated from some of the protesters.
“This nation is watching each and every one of us,” he said. “I am not going to let the criminals that have come here from across this country, or live in this neighbourhood, define this community.”
This latest unrest in Ferguson came as authorities released the autopsy results on Michael Brown’s body, which revealed that the teen was shot six times by the officer.
Brown, who was killed after an alleged confrontation with the officer, was reportedly unarmed and was shot from a distance of 35 feet (10.6 m).
The autopsy also revealed that he was possibly in the middle of surrendering, which did not stop the police officer from continuing to fire his weapon. One of the wounds Brown sustained was in the “very top of his head”, which could be an indication that he was lowering his head in surrender.
“His head was in a downward position,” said the lawyer for Brown’s family, Daryl Parks. “Given those kind of facts, this officer should have been arrested.”