The details are sketchy, but not the results.
Witnesses tell News 4 that Mike Brown, 18, was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by the a Ferguson police officer. Police have not confirmed those claims and they have not released any details of the incident other than an officer was involved and that he has been placed on administrative leave.
Dorian Johnson tells News 4 he was walking with Brown when the officer confronted them and drew his weapon.
“He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown’s. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that Brown was shot once by the officer and then an additional nine times as he lie in the street. Police have not confirmed that account.
“He was a good kid. He didn’t live around here,” said Desuirea Harris, grandmother of the victim. “He came to visit me and they did that to him for no reason.”
Ferguson Police called for assistance from St. Louis County and nearby municipalities as large, emotional crowds gathered at the scene. In all more than 100 officers from 15 departments responded to the area. Tactical teams in riot gear were also called in. A section of West Florissant Avenue near the scene was closed for a time on Saturday evening.
Through the afternoon and evening some among the crowds were yelling profanities at police demanding justice. At one point gun shots rang out in the area as investigators gathered evidence. That prompted numerous police canine units to move in and move the crowds back. At least one trash dumpster was set on fire.
The St. Louis County NAACP says they have launched their own an investigation and plan to “get to the bottom of what has occurred and will work to ensure that justice is served for all victims involved.”
Haywood also released a statement saying: “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting. We strongly encourage residents to stay away from the crime scene so that no additional citizens are injured. I have spoken directly with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, and I am confident that both he and his department will ensure that the investigation is conducted properly and that all details are kept transparent.”
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says St. Louis County Police have taken over the investigation and the officer involved in the shooting has been put on paid administrative leave.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson will hold a news conference tomorrow at 10AM.
FERGUSON, MISSOURI POLICE MURDERS TEEN AFTER THEFT
Published on Aug 9, 2014
Ferguson police kills unarmed teen after shoplifting at the gas station. Shot 10 times……riot breaks out.
Heavy police presence in Ferguson after fatal officer-involved shooting
Published on Aug 9, 2014
News 4’s Cory Stark who is live on the scene, said he saw a man lying dead in the street at Coppercreek. News 4’s Cory Stark who is live on the scene, said he saw a man lying dead in the street at Coppercreek. News 4’s Cory Stark who is live on the scene, said he saw a man lying dead in the street at Coppercreek.
Missouri Crowd After Shooting, Chants: ‘Kill the police’
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A large crowd of angry residents confronted police officers Saturday afternoon, yelling such things as “kill the police” after an officer fatally shot a male in a St. Louis-area neighborhood.
Officer Brian Schellman, spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, said “a couple hundred” people came out of apartment buildings after an officer with the Ferguson Police Department shot and killed the male. Schellman did not identify the person who was shot or say what prompted the shooting.
Ferguson shooting victim identified as Michael Brown, 18, a 2014 graduate of Normandy High School .
John Gaskin, a member of the St. Louis County NAACP, called on the FBI’s assistance was needed “to protect the integrity of the investigation.”
“With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers … this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially our local organization,” Gaskin said.
Gaskin said officials in the organization spoke with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who told them the male was a teenager and had been shot twice.
The St. Louis County NAACP plans to get to the bottom of the shooting of a young teenager in ferguson by a police officer!
Schellman declined to give any information about the male who was shot, including his age or race, because police were still trying to notify relatives.
After the shooting, some people yelled threats toward the police, and officers said they thought they heard gunshots, Schellman said. There were no reports of additional injuries, he said.
After the crowd gathered, police at the scene called for about 60 other police units to respond to the area in Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 residents located a few miles north of downtown St. Louis. According to the U.S. Census Bureau from 2012, about two-thirds of the residents are black.
Schellman said the crowd was under control by about 5 p.m. and several of the additional officers had left the area.
Gaskin said the angry crowd was reacting to a “trauma.”
“Anytime you have this type of event that’s taken place, emotions are going to run high,” he said. “But for 600 people to gather around an area to see where a man is lying in the street, that means something happened that should have not happened.”
The police officer who killed Mike Brown has been put on paid administrative leave.
Breaking news! 18 year old shot 10 times by officer
North St. Louis County in an area known as Ferguson there has apparently been an officer involved shooting of a 17 year old unarmed African American male. The young man was shot 10 times reports are varying… One says he was returning from the store another says he was on his way to the store.
There are crowds of people who have congregated…. police from St. Louis County are urging people to stay away from the area. I will post more as information becomes available.
3:54 PM PT: The reports include an accusation that the unarmed young man stole candy from a Quick Trip prior to being shot. Most news organizations are concentrating on the 100 or so people who have congregated to protest the police shooting.
4:39 PM PT: I am honored to be on the recommend list but I am horrified it is because of such a tragedy. I do not know the identity of the young man whose life was senselessly taken. My prayers go out to his family and friends. I am having problems getting in touch with friends in the St. Louis North County area so my information is still sketchy. I will continue to update as information is made available.
7:13 PM PT: I will check back in the morning. I am anxious to find out if/how this will be covered by the media. I pray for peace in St. Louis and my condolences go out to Mike Brown’s family and friends.