On August 9, police in “a predominantly black” St. Louis, Missouri, suburb shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Following the shooting “hundreds of angry residents…[came] out their apartments” shouting “kill the police.”
According to the AP, a St. Louis County Police Department spokesman said “a Ferguson officer shot the man,” but he “[did not] give a reason for the shooting.” The residents confronted police “for several hours” thereafter.
Following the shooting, Brown’s father–Louis Head–held a sign which said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!”
The “St. Louis chapter of the NAACP called for the FBI to look into the” shooting. NAACP member John Gaskin said FBI involvement could “protect the integrity of the investigation.”
With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers–this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially to our local chapter.
The officer who shot Brown has been placed on “administrative leave” while Ferguson police investigate the shooting.
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