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October 13th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

St. Louis police chief on unrest

(CNN) – Some came from hundreds of miles away to have their voices heard. For others, the movement was unfolding right in their own backyards.

Swarms of protesters took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, for what is being called "Moral Monday," in honor of an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by police.

Protesters gathered in front of the Ferguson police department today, chanting "Who's streets? Our streets." That was the scene after a weekend-long buildup that has grown increasingly tense between police and protesters.

There have been more than a dozen arrests so far, including author and activist Cornel West.

Organizers of the protest have demanded the arrest of the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. But a grand jury has yet to decide if officer Darren Wilson acted in self defense.

This case exposed a deep-seeded mistrust among African Americans with the Ferguson police department, underscored just last week when another teenager was shot and killed by a police officer just outside Ferguson, in St. Louis. Police say that teen was armed, and fired at an off duty cop. But some in the community say they just don't buy it.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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