Ferguson police officer shoots, kills teen; community outraged

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) -A community is shocked and angered after a Ferguson police officer shot and killed an 18-year old in the Canfield Green apartment complex Saturday afternoon.  At the request of the Ferguson Police Department, the St. Louis County Crimes Against Persons Unit has taken over the investigation of the shooting. The Ferguson police chief personally called the St. Louis County chief to ask for help. The police officer involved in the shooting has been put on paid administrative leave.

The officer involved is a six year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department.

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In a news conference Sunday morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar provided more information on the investigation so far. He stated that around Noon, a Ferguson officer encountered two teenagers on the street. As he was exiting his police car, one of the two teens allegedly shoved the officer back into the cruiser and assaulted him. Chief Belmar says there was struggle over the officer’s weapon and at least one shot was fired inside the car, hitting no one. After the initial alleged assault, they exited the car. Belmar says the officer then fired at the teen or teens as they ran away. One teen was shot multiple times and died at the scene.

Witnesses to the shooting identified the victim as Michael Brown, 18. They say he was walking in the middle of a street with a friend, Dorin Johnson, 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.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says that all findings of the investigation will be turned over the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Protesters of the violence gathered outside the fire department where the news conference was held, eventually making their way inside the building. Chanting could be heard during the news conference.

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More coverage:
Anger over police shooting of teen prompts protests

Teenager shot, killed in Ferguson apartment complex


  • Kayla Schneider

    Nobody knows the story. Everybody is going off here-say at this point. You pick a side based off of which is more appealing to you. The police say there was an altercation between the officer and the subject. The public says the subject was just walking down the street minding his own business and an officer came up to him and shot him for being black.

    Do officers just shoot people for no reason?
    Do people go after officers for no reason?

    Which one of those questions is more likely to have the answer be yes?

    You can’t go off rumors. You gotta wait for the facts to come out. And emotions are high, everybody is pulling the race card, people are going to believe whatever is the most outrageous, because they don’t want to think that their “son” or whomever got shot for being stupid. Or people don’t wanna believe that a cop is racist.

    So lets just all keep a level head until we know more about whats going on. And stop being obnoxious.

      • ray

        Let of police officer shoot and kill one of your kids ,,,unarmed and tell me how you would feel,,,,,,ho ,,,you must not be black,,,,

      • Billy

        Are we all going to ignore the elephant in the room? Doesn’t walk up to, and push the officer = still alive. Should the officer be arrested? Absolutely. Did the kid make a dumb and dangerous decision? Absolutely

    • Sachi Deva

      There have been numerous articles on this story; none of which in any of thee eyewitness accounts match. The only thing that matched in the eyewitness account was the boys were walking in the street. One eyewitness claimed the officer never left his car and grabbed the boy by his throat. If that were true, it would have meant he leaned close enough to the window for the officer to even grab him. Then they stated the officer chased them and fired multiple shots. Another account said the officer never left his car and shot from the safety of his car. A third account states the officer got out of his car and shot from behind it. Also not a single eyewitness has come forward with the race of the officer nor has the department released the race of the officer. So there is much speculation this was a racial hate crime by an officer whose race is still yet; unknown. I will reserve judgement until all of the facts and forensic evidence have been given to the public. What I will say is this; it is beyond disgraceful and embarrassing for this country to have people looting and stealing making further innocent parties victims. That type of behavior is something I expect from terrorists, not my fellow Americans. I’m sick and tired of people portraying some sort of victim and believing that the entire world should pay with their property and lives simply because of what one person does based upon hearsay, gossip, and rumor. Self accountability and responsibility is not a difficult highway. If you believe you are such a victim in this life; wait till the next when you are being judged by God Himself. There will never be an excuse for your behavior(s) as He is very clear on that note.

  • Martha young'Turner

    Sounds to me like these two have no respect for anyone. The one is lucky he didn’t shot to. Why aren’t they getting this upset when one of them kills another one. News said there was another shooting last night. Why aren’t they upset about that?

  • Steve

    I want to hear both sides before making a judgement. I’m sure that the police officer didn’t shoot and unarmed civilian for no reason. But at the same time if both suspects were fleeing and unarmed why fire at them as they run away? To many unknowns to jump to a conclusion on right or wrong. And the “race” issue will not be solved until both sides let it go. Stop screaming racism at every slight against a black male or female and look at the whole picture and the whole story before the “race” card is thrown down.

  • Karma

    If you were not there when it happened, why are you speaking on this trying to take a side? A family is hurting over this. It does not matter what color they were or what they were doing, a soul was lost yesterday to some nonsense.

  • mommallama

    Now if this were a white/ black/orange cop that shot a white unarmed kid it wouldn’t be looked at twice. Its racist bulls**t. Didn’t you know black people don’t do any wrong, its us white people killing them in the street and keeping them from going to school and getting jobs.

  • Ray

    In reading all of the articles about this incident not once have I read anything about the cop being white. All I’ve read is he was a 6 year veteran. Maybe the real issue here is that fact an unarmed civilian was killed by a person who is paid to protect civilians.

  • joe

    sad. so sad. My prayers go out to the victim and the family. but the looting and general unlawfullness going on tonight is a very poor response to this. a peaceful protest would be appropriate, not stealing and violence.

  • jc1records

    This will never, ever stop! Ignorance meets racial profiling…incites violence in everytown USA! Oh, if we could all just get along….somehow….someday! No respect and no love. What a terrible and senseless tragedy for the victim’s family!

  • Deeanna

    Wow… Americans seem more racially divided, the internet just adds fuel to the fire, everyone choosing sides. Its sad, we should all be disgusted by the loss of life and hope that justice prevails.

  • prolifeconserv

    Another predominately black neighborhood, another shooting. Nothing new! If they had to worry about working instead of committing crimes, they wouldn’t get shot. This is what welfare, food stamps and section 8 housing causes. Go out and get a job!

  • DaleJR

    I have a guy on my FB that I went to high school with — he lives near Ferguson — works at a mechanic shop near there with people that live in this neighborhood. I know it’s 4 degrees of separation, but apparently the family members of my friends co-workers said that the officer who shot Brown was indeed an African-American police officer. I can’t prove it, just sharing what I was told on FB. All of the race baiting is out of bounds — even if the officer’s race is found to be other than black. The issue is the police brutality. Not racism.

  • Growup andl earntolove

    Police are hired to protect and serve, that does not mean harassing a kid for walking in the street and it does not give a police office the authority to make someone stop walking on a public street. People in my neighborhood, mostly white walk in the street instead of the sidewalk all the time, no one cares.

    Why did the police office fire his service revolt when there was not a threat? If the police had done his or her job, which is to protect and serve the kid would still be alive today.

    For those who believe all blacks receive welfare, food stamps, section 8 ,etc; it show a lack of wisdom about demographics in this country. What I find sad is this – since slavery ended whites have done everything possible to ensure blacks are unable to receive an education, find a job and live as they (white) lives, simply because of their skin color. If you folks would stop projecting your hate onto blacks then maybe this country would be a better place to live for everyone. Because everytime someone shoots someone else and receive treatment at a hospital without insurance, we all paid.
    Last time I check slavery is the reason this country prosper in the early years … free labor and selling humans that were stolen from Africa or Freedmen from the North (e.g 12 years a slave).

    The lack of humanity and hatred is what is destroying this country. When all is said and done, everyone become black at some point … hence the quick burial of white people …!

  • jason

    Judge by my character no my skin color, I see some stupid characters on this comment board. 8,000 African Americans murdered in one year by other African Americans, do they not matter

  • lisa carter

    Police now have cameras in the cars please play the farmers it will tell enough….Teen showed no weapon so police is supposed to be trained to detain not kill

  • Lattonya

    It’s a shame how most of you are actiing on this post. Then you wonder why people feel like Missouri is still a racist state. Look at your comments it saddens me that all of you have no compassion for each other. Just making ignorant racial comments. Then you deny we have a racial division problem. You have proved it already! Nobody has once asked why was he and his friend being stopped by the police as they were walking? Nobody has asked why was his body on the streets uncovered for over 4 hours? Nobody has once realized that the real peaceful protestors had nothing to do with the riots! Not all black people are alike just like any other race you have good and bad people. Instead of us learning how to appreciate our differences most of you would rather keep the racial war going. This is a timie for prayer for the world not just only in St. Louis, and Ferguson. We need prayer and we need to work together to find a solution to the racism and racial profiling. As long as you keep fueling the racism it will contiinue. I forgive you for you know not what you do! God Bless

  • nicole

    Brown was a 18 year old adult!!! Not a baby, boy, little teen. Fought with a cop and might have killed the cop discharging the firearm in the vehicle. Getting shot after all that….we will see if cop was within right to use lethal force when all facts come out. Only animals react out of ignorance….

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