ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief on Thursday unapologetically defended the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old who was killed by two white officers in a confrontation that drew protesters and unrest back to the streets.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The lawyer for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan charged with desertion, on Thursday chastised U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for calling his client a "traitor." "Sergeant Bergdahl is not charged with treason or anything like it," attorney Eugene Fidell said in a statement. "I condemn Mr. Trump's reckless disregard for the truth.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A teenage girl who accuses a recent graduate of an elite prep school of raping her as part of a campus tradition of sexual conquest testified Thursday that she was traumatized and in shock when she spoke to police five days later.
By Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A teenager broke down in tears under intense questioning on Thursday about charges she was raped last year by a popular classmate at a New Hampshire prep school in a trial that has put a harsh spotlight on the elite institution's traditions. The school - whose alumni include powerful U.S. business and political leaders, including Secretary of State John Kerry - has said the charges do not reflect its culture. The school's nurse, Mary Marcelli, testified that the teen had come to her office two days after the incident to request the morning-after contraceptive pill.
Rumors that a black teenager killed by St. Louis police was only 13 years old helped stoke angry clashes between police and protesters, a city alderman said on Thursday, and police said they were ready should protests flare anew.City streets were largely calm a day after Wednesday's fatal shooting during a house search triggered the protests, but St. Louis Alderman Antonio French said it was hard to say if protesters would take to the streets again Thursday night. Small groups typically stage peaceful demonstrations nightly in Ferguson but others, not part of organized groups, can be unpredictable, he said, adding: "It's hard to say right now about what the mood is. Many arrived angry because they heard a 13-year-old kid was killed," said French, a prominent voice in the community since police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson killed an unarmed black teenager last year and sparked months of sometimes violent protests.