Another police shooting amid Ferguson protests

GTY 453548886USA Today – by Brandie Piper

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – One person was shot by police overnight, not far from the unrest that unfolded for the third night in Ferguson where last week’s shooting of an unarmed black teen sparked outrage.

Last night’s shooting happened just before 1 a.m. Wednesday at Chambers Road and Sheffingdell Court in unincorporated St. Louis County.

Police say they responded to a report about four masked men carrying shotguns in the area. The caller said the suspects had fired shots.  

When police arrived at the scene they saw the men running, and one turned and pointed a handgun at police.

A police officer fired at least once at the suspect, wounding him. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

The shooting happened about two blocks from St. Mark Family Church, where the Rev. Al Sharpton held a gathering Tuesday night, uniting the community, which is outraged over 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death Saturday afternoon.

There’s no word if the incident is related to the Ferguson protests. The area of the shooting was quiet Wednesday morning.

About a mile away, protests erupted for the third night in a row in Ferguson. Tuesday night’s protests began peacefully, with a group of about 100 people marching from St. Mark Family Church to the QuikTrip store that was burned in Sunday’s riots.

Later in the evening, however, police once again firing tear gas into the crowd. Police said they were responding to protesters who had thrown bottles at officers, according to CNN. By 1 a.m., the shooting had occurred.

Authorities on Tuesday delayed revealing the identity of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teen three days ago, citing threats against the officer on social media.

“If we come out and say, ‘it was this officer,’ then he immediately becomes a target,” Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said. “We’re taking the threats seriously.”

Jackson, who had said he would reveal the officer’s name Tuesday, said there is now no timetable.

Tuesday evening he said the officer has been on the force for about six years and had come across 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. and a friend walking in the street. The youths were black and witnesses said the officer was white.

Jackson said all but three of the police department’s 53 officers are white.

Police have said that after the officer asked the teens to move, a scuffle occurred. Witnesses say Brown had raised his hands to surrender when the shots were fired. Police have not confirmed that information.

A second witness has told the St. Louis NAACP that Brown did not struggle with the officer inside his patrol car, where the fatal shots were fired. The unidentified person will be interviewed by FBI.

Contributing: Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/13/ferguson-protests-continue/13989945/

5 thoughts on “Another police shooting amid Ferguson protests

  1. “The youths were black and witnesses said the officer was white……Jackson said all but three of the police department’s 53 officers are white.”

    So why are these facts pertinent to the story? They’re not. They have no purpose other than to incite racial animosity. This is NOT a racial incident, although USA Today would like to turn it into one, and Rev. Al Sharpton can always be expected to arrive at the scene to assist in this process too.

    I’m willing to bet that the “four masked men carrying shotguns” (if they actually exist) were on the same bus as the racist pig Al Sharpton.

    How much do they pay that fat piece of trash to incite racial discord whenever an opportunity arises? It’s anyone’s guess, but he lives a comfortable life for doing nothing but causing trouble. I’d like to see him lynched by a BLACK mob. Then we’ll know that people are starting to see through the deceptions they usually fall victim to.

    1. “The youths were black and witnesses said the officer was white……Jackson said all but three of the police department’s 53 officers are white.”

      Absolutely agree with you there, JR. They are blatantly trying to turn it into a racial issue.

  2. “A police officer fired at least once at the suspect, wounding him. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.”

    good reporting jerk off. If someone was shot I guess their would need to be “at least” one shot fired.
    Considering NO cop is trained good enough to use 1 shot my guess is 5 cops fired and used 30-55 rounds of ammo.

    Oh and Brandie Piper of USA Today, perhaps you could write stories about magic tricks and politics because your story SUCKED.

  3. Anonymous should post his officers address. We will then see justice for this action. In my opinion this officer should be skinned alive and hung from a light pole for other officers to see what happens to those that believe they’re above the law. The time is coming in this country that you will see the officers wiped out. People are sick of this continuing bullshit, cops should be stuck on pikes and roasted like the pigs they are.

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