St. Louis Police Shoot and Kill Unarmed 18 Year Old Michael Brown Community Demands Answers (Update)

[Update- Press Conference]: St. Louis County PD held a press conference to create more questions. Chief Belmar stated Michael Brown was walking with a friend of his in the middle of the street. An officer came upon the pair and Brown reportedly pushed the officer back in the car. Police state Brown entered the vehicle to struggle with the officer over his service weapon. During the altercation, a shot echoed in the car. Police stated Brown exited the vehicle with the officer and shots were fired at Brown, “just a couple more times, but not much more.” Local channel KMOV reported the press conference.

The information from the press conference only left more confusion in a case that is riddled with lots of questions, and very few answers. A full investigation is underway.

[Original]: The continued rising tensions between police officers and citizens hit a dire peak in St. Louis Saturday afternoon. In the city of Ferguson, Michael Brown, 18 was walking to his grandmother’s house. Then he was dead, shot by police officers as witnesses state police chased and shot Brown repeatedly. Not much is known at this time why police stopped Brown to begin with. A witness reports she was waiting for a ride when she saw Brown near a police vehicle. He was not cuffed, but reportedly had his hands up in the air. The witness has turned over cell phone footage to investigators.

Brown’s grandmother Desiree Harris stated she was driving when she saw her grandson running towards her home. When she got home, she awaited the arrival of her grandson, but he never showed up. Then she heard the commotion outside of her home.

Less than two blocks from her home, her grandson was “lying on the pavement.” Harris stated when she demanded answers from police officers, “they didn’t tell me nothing.” Now a community, enraged over police actions are uprising and demanding more than a response, they want action and change immediately. In the rising environment of the public versus the police, the black community has endured the loss and pain of shocking deaths. The most recent event stemmed from New York, where Eric Garner, an unarmed man, died after an NYPD officer illegally placed him in a chokehold. Garner had a heart attack and died. His death was ruled a homicide.

St. Louis residents are enraged with police actions as of late, and want something done. Hundreds of residents arrived at the scene where Brown died. They demanded answers, scolding police officers as they warily stood by. Police dispatched a SWAT vehicle to the neighborhood as emotions increased.

Brown’s father and mother are devastated. They appeared on the scene where Brown’s father, Louis Head, stated the police had “just executed” his son.

A candlelight vigil was held during the evening hours as citizens gathered to support a family and mourn the death of a young man who was slated to start college on Monday. The St. Louis County NAACP chapter is asking for the assistance of the FBI to launch a full, unbiased investigation into the shooting.

Citizens will appear on Monday morning at the Ferguson police station for a rally. People across the nation took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Article last modified: December 1st, 2014 by Angelina Bouc

10 Responses

  1. jermaine at |

    Ok – these cases suck but really. When it is a black 18 year old, the media paints him as a young 13 year old. And the FBI is immediately inbolved. Where are the FBI when an asian, white or any other race immediately gey a FBI hearing? Secondly brown pushes the cop into his car? And then there was a struggle to reach for the cops weapon. Have you people ever been anywhere when a person white or black wrestles with the cop. Your going to get f***ed up.

    While I think the cop should be investigated, and if found to have something illegal, he should go to jail, but quit acting like it is normal for a teen to wrestle and fight a cop. Regardless to the reason why a cop stops you, fighting a cop is stupid and will not turn out well for you.

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    1. Bobbie at |

      You have to think though, they still don’t know why the officer stopped Brown in the first place. Being so, there are many reasons why the altercation started. Example, the officer could have assaulted him and Brown felt the need to defend himself. It’s non unbelievable, just look at what happened to the man in New York who was put in an illegal chokehold, had a heart attack, and died because of a police officer. But yes, then again Brown could’ve made a terrible decision that day and stepped way outta line, but the question still remains. Shouldn’t have such a biased opinion without all the facts.

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  2. tyronne at |

    If jay walking is against the law and the suspect is jay walking… Then its the officers duty to confront the offenders and issue them proper summons for commiting the crime. If the offender touches the officer in any way.. It becomes assault on an officer and due to be arrested for such offense.. If the officer fealt threatened and out numbered, it is his right to defend himself with deadly force. Is it justifiable to break into innocent businesses and steal their property, or just animalistic behavior and self justification to do so cause they felt it legitimized… Why do us blacks always insists cops should ignore them when they are commiting a crime (stay in his car, or tell them get out of the road) and then justify thier behavior with more crime when they dislike something that happened…. We will never get respect we want when all we do is act like the animals they think us to be.. Everyone who looted, broke into businesses, stole merchandise, damaged property that wasn’t Thiers should turn themselves in… Or are we just the animals we show everyone that we really seem to be… End the violence by not adding to it

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  3. Chase at |

    The family does deserve answers and I’m glad that the people of St. Louis responded with the necessary anger and uprising that ensures response and predominates change. It angers me how the police always issue statements that reflect their biased attitudes towards one of their own, with their insistence on portraying complete innocence without question. I’m not saying definitively that the police are at fault but when they tell this story that makes no logical sense and maintain absolute innocence, I can’t help but feel they are guilty for unjustly murdering an unarmed person. Something clearly isn’t adding up with the story they give, which conveniently leads one to the assumption that the police officer was in the right and the kid was in the wrong. Just look at the Eric Garner story, which the police made sound like Garner was this big bad black criminal in the wrong, selling “illegal cigarettes” (LOL suuuure), claiming he died of a heart attack much later when he died directly from the illegal chokehold administered by the officer, WHO IS STILL SERVING AS OF THIS DAY! Thankfully Eric Garners whole incident was filmed and posted to youtube, because that was the sole reason it was even ruled as a homicide, but onlt after Eric Garner’s family pressed on the issue and showed the footage to coroners and experts. I guarantee if that wasn’t filmed and/or that guy gave the footage over to “investigators”, the coroner would have only gone with what the police told him (in this case all bulls**t) and ruled it accidental. I seriously wonder if the witness’s video in this case will ever be seen again since it was given over to police investigators. I wouldn’t be surprised if it “goes missing”, like so much other crucial evidence from cases past that put the police at fault. The police should be unbiased but when one of your own is about to go to jail because he killed an unarmed innocent black kid & the only evidence is a video tape you now have, they now have two choices and it’s clear what they’ll likely do. They can: 1) either claim the tape went missing, or delete the critical part of the footage by claiming some tech malfunction, & protest their innocence as the cop gets off the hook and they don’t look bad and get their funding cut, or 2) own up to their mistake and face the consequences, send one of their own to jail, anger the cities people and probably result in more cop deaths from uncooperative suspects, lose a large portion of funding, possibly face fines and government chastising, now face a lawsuit from this incident for however many millions of dollars of damages, etc. Hmmm, is the St. Louis police force ethical & unbiased enough to accept their actions, be completely transparent with what transpired and effectively choose option 2? We clearly see how transparent they currently are as they profess their absolute innocence on everything.

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  4. Lily at |

    Innocent until proven guilty should apply to everyone (public and police). Investigations are being done and until completed, the officer(s) involved should be afforded the same courtesy anyone else would be. Saying the officer should be jailed/sentenced to death at this point is ignorant and goes against everything the justice system in this country stands for. If you want the general public to receive the benefits of the law and justice system, you have to be willing to give them the same courtesy.

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  5. will at |

    just dont make sense unarmed

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  6. QB at |

    There’s definitely a gap missing in this story… It goes from brown and his friend walking in the street to brown pushing the officer in his car..what happened in between..why was the officer even bothering them in the first place.. If they were j walking tell em to get out the st and go bout your business.. Something isn’t adding up and Brown’s family deserves answers!!!

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  7. Steven at |

    If people does what,ALMIGHTY GOD asked to do ,there will be not murder,again,u kill someone they should kill right away.

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  8. Johnny valden at |

    This is messed up they need to fix this what has the law inforsment come to…

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  9. Joe at |

    My sympathy to the family and community.It’s hard to tell the legal system from the criminals any more! I am someone who just lost my car to the police who seized and sold it without my day in court or even being charged with a crime. Yes it happens here in America! I’m a white 67 year old male. This isn’t the country I grew up in or served in the military to defend. I feel so badly for these parents and know their helpless feeling to do anything. The system has all the power and I know the cops will probably get away with murder.

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