Arrests in protest over police shooting of black teen in Berkeley, Missouri

Between six and eight protesters were arrested in Berkeley, Missouri, on Wednesday following the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white officer, US news reports said.

AFP| Updated: Dec 25, 2014, 19:23 PM IST

Berkeley: Between six and eight protesters were arrested in Berkeley, Missouri, on Wednesday following the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white officer, US news reports said.

KMOV television in St. Louis said the demonstrators were taken into custody after they blocked part of a busy roadway in a "die-in" protest against a string of shootings of black people in the United States by white police officers.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper said about 75 people staged a second protest over police killings late Wednesday, as churchgoers quietly filed into the city`s cathedral for a midnight Christmas mass.

Wednesday`s protest occurred nearly 24 hours after teenager Antonio Martin was killed by a police officer at a Berkeley gas station.

In the immediate aftermath, a 300-strong crowd lobbed bricks and fireworks in violent clashes with police.

Tuesday`s shooting occurred not far from Ferguson, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer, a mainly black town with a mostly white police force which has become `Ground Zero` of the protests.

Demonstrations gained momentum after other African Americans -- in most instances unarmed -- were killed during confrontations with white police.

Officials in Berkeley have said the officer involved in the shooting appeared to have acted in self-defense.