Resident John West (L) hands a rose to a police officer, showing his appreciation with help in cleanup efforts in Ferguson, Missouri, August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
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U.S. lawmakers Tuesday called for calm and a change in police tactics in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by racially charged clashes and riots after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager 10 days ago.The violence has captured headlines around the world, raising questions about the state of U.S. race relations nearly six years after Americans elected their first black president.Law enforcement officials have made various efforts to soothe angry demonstrators, but police said they had come under heavy gunfire overnight and arrested 31 people, despite the deployment of Missouri National Guard troops and the lifting of a curfew to allow protesters to have more freedom to demonstrate.State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who is overseeing security in Ferguson, said officers had come under "heavy gunfire" but did not return it.Riot police confiscated two guns and what looked like a Molotov cocktail from protesters.
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