News

 

Police: Officer fatally shot black teen after fight, grab for officer's gun

NAACP wants FBI to take over investigation

Rose petals are dropped on the blood stains of 18 year old Michael Brown
PHOTO: AP

St. Louis County Police says the fatal shooting of a black teenager came after a clash with an officer that involved a struggle over his gun.

Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference Sunday morning that a Ferguson Police officer had an encounter with two people Saturday. He says one person allegedly pushed the officer back into a patrol car and assaulted the
officer.

He says there was a struggle over the officers' weapon and one shot was fired in the car. The officer then got out of his vehicle and shot at "a subject."

He says the man suffered more than a couple of gunshots.

18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed Saturday in a predominantly black suburb a few miles north of downtown St. Louis.

After the shooting, there was a several hours long confrontation between police and hundreds of locals shouting things like "kill the police."

County Police are handling the probe, but a member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling for the FBI to step in "to protect the integrity of the investigation."

John Gaskin with the NAACP alluded to the racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges last year. Gaskin also drew on the case of a New York man who died from a police chokehold after he was confronted for selling individual cigarettes.

"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.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she would ask the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for a formal investigation.

Leave a comment:

showing all comments · Subscribe to comments
  1. Brandon H posted on 08/10/2014 02:05 PM
    This account goes against all the witnesses that were on the scene. In that account the teen was unarmed and had his hands in their air and was at that point gunned down. Call me cynical, but the way that a lot of stories are coming out about the police and interactions with black people I am not too convinced of the officers story.

    Time will tell.
showing all comments

Your GTA

Sign Up For Breaking News Alerts

Becoming a member only takes 60 seconds! Members get access to exclusive information and products that non-members do not, including concert ticket presales, trips, advance notice on upcoming entertainment events, movie screening passes, music giveaways and more!

Login with Facebook

Stay connected 24/7! Receive breaking news and programming alerts right to your inbox. CLICK HERE to sign-up.

Today's Poll

Should Ontario restrict the use of e-cigarettes?

Voting is restricted to one vote every 24 hour(s) VoteResults

Top Stories

Facebook

Twitter