Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Teen, Outrage Ensues
August 10, 2014 11:00am PST
On Saturday afternoon, St. Louis police fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. The black teenager was unarmed at the time he was killed, leading the entire community to protest his death.
According to witnesses, Brown had his arms raised in the air when a Ferguson police officer shot him several times. The incident occurred near the Canfield Green Apartments.
As reported by Mediaite:
Eyewitness, Piaget Crenshaw, 19, was waiting for a ride to work when she said she saw the police officer attempting to place Brown in the rear seat of a squad car. She then observed the teen, hands in the air, attempt to flee. Several shots were fired at Brown as he ran, Crenshaw said, striking him in the head and chest. Crenshaw said police asked and she complied with a request that she turn photos of the scene over to authorities.
Almost immediately, the scene where Brown was fatally shot became the sight of massive protest by town residents. Some took pictures of the tragedy and Twitter began to blow up with outrage over what had occurred.
This #MikeBrown story is disgusting. I hope there’s justice for this. My thoughts are with the family, can’t imagine what they’re feeling.
— Zoe Kelly (@ItsZoeKelly) August 10, 2014
Once again, attacked black folks are being asked to act with dignity & grace in the face of it being clearly unrequited. #mikebrown
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) August 10, 2014
— R.I.P. Mike Brown (@RIPMikeBrown) August 10, 2014
When’s the last time a white kid was unjustly killed by law enforcement? Funny how this never seems to happen #MikeBrown
— Rich Porter (@AC_Hussle) August 10, 2014
All of us should be outraged that this continues to happen in America. All of us. Not just black people. #MikeBrown
— Bené (@beneviera) August 10, 2014
— ℳʂ ℓօŋ∂ơղ (@MsLondonLove) August 10, 2014
The police shoot and kill us. The media tells you why we deserved it. The courts try the deceased from the grave. Rinse & repeat. #MikeBrown
— Juan (@juanyfbaby) August 10, 2014
— Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun) August 10, 2014
— ♎RIGHTJUST♎ (@RIGHTJUST843) August 10, 2014
— David Johns (@MrDavidJohns) August 10, 2014
15 different police departments responded to the intersection of West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive, where angry protesters gathered. At least 100 police cars were there along with riot-control officers.
Accounts of what exactly went down are differing depending on who you talk to. Normally, there are two sides to every story, but in this case, reports from law enforcement as to what happened differ substantially from those of eyewitnesses. According to Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police Department, Brown physically assaulted an officer and struggled to gain control of his gun. One shot was fired off inside of the police cruiser before Brown was eventually shot dead in the street.
Just as we saw with Trayvon Martin, there is outrage over the death of a black teen, whereas, if a white boy had gotten himself caught up in the same situation, we’d scarcely hear of it. Do you think the liberal media has gotten a brand new Trayvon Martin, handed to them by the law enforcement of St. Louis County? Give us your take in the comments section!
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