A lawyer representing the St Louis police officer who shot and killed Antonio Martin has claimed the teenager may have tried to ambush the patrolman.

As dozens of protesters demonstrated for a second night, blocking a highway and threatening journalists, Brian Millikan, the lawyer for the unnamed 34-year-old Berkeley officer, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch the officer may have been lured into a trap.

“Their behaviour is certainly bizarre, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all, in the environment we are in, that’s for sure,” he said. “I don’t know why the guy didn’t get a shot off, whether his gun jammed or he couldn’t get the safety off.”

The family of Antonio Martin said the young man was like “any other kid who had dreams or hopes”. “We loved being around him. He’d push a smile out of you,” said Toni Martin-Green, the teenager’s mother. “This doesn’t make any sense for them to kill my son like this. I am trying to be calm.”

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