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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Protesters chanted “no justice, no peace” as they stood outside the Ferguson Police Department Saturday night following the shooting of a 18-year old by a police officer. Angered by what they believe was an unwarranted attack, several promised to organize daily protests until they receive what they believe to be justice.

St. Louis County Police were immediately called in to handle the shooting investigation. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Saturday, “We do want this investigated fully and that’s why we asked for the outside investigation.”

St. Louis County police plan to hold a Sunday morning news conference to discuss their efforts.

The shooting happened at noontime Saturday.  The teen, identified by witnesses at Michael Brown, 18, and a friend, Dorin Johnson, were walking in the street on Canfield Drive in the Canfield Green Apartments when a Ferguson officer drove up and ordered them to the sidewalk.  Johnson said they told him they were a minute away from their destination and then they would be out of the street.

After a verbal confrontation, witness Piaget Crenshaw said the officer got out of his car and fired a shot.  Both teens ran, she said, and another shot was fired.  Johnson hid behind a car, but said his friend stopped after a second shot was fired at him.  Crenshaw and Johnson say the teen held up his hands to show he did not have a weapon, however the officer fired at him two more times and he collapsed and died in the street.

Angry crowds quickly gathered and several shots were fired not far from the original shooting scene.  That prompted police to call for help including the tactical squads from St. Louis city and county. They closed off West Florissant at Canfield for several hours Saturday.

Chief Jackson praised pastors and community activists, including Anthony Shahid, who came to the scene to console and talk to the victim’s relatives and neighbors.  Police delayed their crime scene evidence collection until the area was secured.  During that time, the shooting victim’s covered body remained on the street further angering members of the crowd.

An uncle of the shooting victim said his great nephew had just graduated from high school and was thinking about going to college.  He said he was not an aggressive teenager.



  • lbk's gurl

    Wow, i don’t know if there is much i can add. Well put. Sounds like the cop was harassing the young men to begin with. Not every young kid you see walking is up to no good. It was noon for crying out loud. What is the answer? What can we do as a society to protect our young and ourselves?

    • ean12967

      “What can we do as a society to protect our young and ourselves?” Here are a few places to start (no particular order):
      Stop blaming others for your own mistakes. Slavery of the past has nothing to do with how you behave today.
      Raise your kids in a two parent household with the same parents for all the kids in the household.
      Teach your kids the value of respecting authority, their elders, others AND themselves.
      Teach your kids it is wrong to commit crime.
      Teach your kids violence has no place in your home and community.
      Teach your kids there is no such thing as a free meal.
      Teach your kids to be generous.
      Teach your kids how to be responsible and accountable.
      Teach your kids the value of education.
      Teach your daughters that being a lady does not mean being a beastie.
      Teach your sons that being a man does not mean being a member of a gang, possessing an illegal gun, selling drugs, stealing, or assaulting random strangers (and then posting it on Facebook).

      I could go on but I hope you get the point.

  • Cit Riverview

    The Cop is going to jail. Do any of you think this will send a message to the black community? Clean up your community before the “law” cleans it up for you. I empathize with the family of this kid,I hope you get whatever you want from this “Murder”

  • Steve

    Hey byebye. You’re a race baiting pot stirrer. Why don’t you let the cops investigate what happened. Maybe the “teen” was a bad dude and meant ill will towards the cop. And what’s with this whole “no justice, no peace” stuff? I swear, the only justice the emotionally charged public will want will be no more than the cop’s head on a stick at the scene where this happened. People need to get a grip and drop the “police state” and racial b.s. and let the outside agency do their job. I mean after all we’re not animals? Are we?

    • Erin

      If the kid was indeed such a bad dude the police would have led with that. How is shooting an unarmed suspect that in no way threatened you and was running away justified? I am not looking at race here I am just looking at facts. I just don’t get why shots were even fired. They have tasers o and these handy dandy things called feet that he could have used to chase him down if he needed

      • stopignorance

        it says they got in the car and physically assaulted the officer and tried to take his weapon. Can you read???? not sure what really happened here from this crappy reporting but I know that is not what it said. geez

  • Joe Citizen

    It is terrible that this kids lost his life. Has anyone ever asked why they believe it is their right to walk in the middle of the street?

  • Will

    My sympathy turned to indifference when i heard the so called “civil rights leaders” open their mouths and immediately make it a racial thing. As if whites haven’t been beaten and targeted as of late as well. Would it not be better to rally the whole community regardless of race over an issue like this?
    Also, where are these NAACP leaders as young blacks slaughter each other in the streets? In their nice houses in the other part of town, that is where. They show up to stoke the racial hate. It keeps them in a job.
    With their blame and finger pointing and painting everyone not black as some racist they create a level of irritation which breeds the indifference i am feeling.
    “Oh, its a black neighborhood? More of the same……”

    • Christian

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. I agree with everything you just said.

      The people who turn into a race issue with absolutely no evidence to point to are really just creating more conflict and less peace.

    • Shanel

      Will, I’m black and I totally agree with you 100%. Don’t listen to some of these other people. I don’t understand why back people always want to play the race card. The boy should have just obeyed the cop and got out of the street in the first place. People may get mad but the can just kiss my black a**, the truth hurts. Black people always want to play the race card, but we kill each other every day, we need to look at ourselves before we cry racism.

  • Carla

    There’s killings out there everyday and nobody says shit and nobody puts shit on facebook I know this boy shouldn’t of been killed but now a community wants answers for one murder go tell your community to go grow up and tell about the thousands of murders that happen out there killings of people and kids who are unarmed and being killed by their own people.

  • steve

    I wish some news outlet would have the courage to ask the one question that everyone is thinking. Was the cop white or black?

  • ByeBye2AmericasViolentPoliceState

    This poor kid violated the most sacred law of all in America – he dared to “smart mouth” and question a police officer’s motive. It’s not officially illegal, of course (we have our pretend-like “freedom” that supposedly protects us against that sort of police state) but hey, come on, wink wink, we all KNOW we live in a police state today where police have supreme powers of all to do whatever they want to whoever they want as long as the person is not a member of the privileged, wealthy class which this kid wasn’t. So he challenged a pig and smart mouthed him and you just don’t do that in a violent police state like America! I mean, look at Zimmerman – that kid was completely innocent, too, but dared to stand up to the authority of white racist wanna-be pig Zimmerman, and paid the price. This kid should have done what was expected of him: Get on his knees and bow and worship to the almighty god of police, and beg for his freedom “Yes, sir, Mr. Police Officer, whatever you say, SIR!”

    I think I almost got shot by a cop just because I yelled at one for being such a dimwit while holding up traffic for some minor teenage violation in my own neighborhood! You should have seen how mentally unstable that dumb cop acted just because I yelled at the dumb thug! I think most police should be in mental institutions rather than on the street “protecting” us – oh, come on, they’re not there to protect us, anyway – they’re there to protect the wealthy, period. And some of you don’t have that figured out yet? Geez.

  • Dee

    Blackamoors we need some how some way to learn to deal with our people u think white folks that make currency together all like each other hell naw but they can get currency together until we can do that we lost WE need to learn to goven ourselves come on yal THINKING FREE

  • No Mo Money!

    Turns out the kid and friend attacked the Officer and tried to take his gun away. A shot was fired inside the car as the kid tried to shoot the Officer. The Officer had the right to shoot the stupid kid as he was headed that way sooner or later anyway.

  • Darnel Cooper

    The teen who was shot was in school,.. no criminal intent,.. shot multiple times for walking in the street from the store. Will never get the chance to be anything, and in no way deserved to die,.. this is why people are upset. So hypocritical this society is,.. kill a white highschool student the same way and watch what happens,… I dare say in some parts of this country the police would be dealing with an armed response.

  • rmbr57

    The truth will come out and one side or the other will still have something to complain about, until then people need to quite making assumptions that it is about race. Why does the race card always have to be thrown out there? Isn’t this 2014? I would think the race stuff should of ended years and years ago. Get over it! We are all human and do everything the same at the other, who cares about skin color!

  • future

    As I read all of the comments it makes me sick to my stomach that all you ppl don’t understand the real reason all this is happening. ..Wake up ppl! This is nothing compared to what’s about to happen trust me, you don’t have to believe me if you don’t want but it is going to happen. People a race war is about to happen just brace yourself i hope everyone has there heart right because its about to be some killing I just pray that you all have your souls right and ask god for forgiveness im sorry for what happen to the young man but this have been going on for years this is nothing new ppl wake up cause that time is coming brace yourself! !!!!!!

  • future

    People stop with the blaming of each other! You didn’t pull the trigger the police officer did he is the one who should be afraid for his life. He has stirred up all this and look now we are fighting each other again.

  • Shanel

    He should have just obeyed the cop and got out of the road like he was told to, then most likely he would still be alive. When you run from the police then it makes you look guilty of something. People may get mad, but it is the truth. If there is a sidewalk get your black a** out of the road. I’m black and don’t understand why so many black people walk in the middle of the road.

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