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An unarmed black teenager who was supposed to start college on Monday won’t make it there. Instead, his family is planning his funeral after he was shot by police in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.

The St. Louis County Police Department held a press conference Sunday morning where they said Mike Brown, 18, was shot “more than just a couple of times” by a 6-year member of the Ferguson Police department, reports KMOV/News 4.

News 4 says witnesses told the station that Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday afternoon. Police have not confirmed those claims and have not released any details of the incident other than an officer was involved and has been placed on administrative leave.

Ferguson authorities haven’t revealed what prompted the incident, but have confirmed that it was their officer who fired at Brown. Hundreds of local residents reportedly swarmed the scene, some chanting obscenities at the police.

The presence of that many people led to an increased police presence, according to News 4:

“[T]here are at least 100 police cars and numerous officers armed with M-16′s in the area. Stark also says hundreds of people have gathered at the intersection of West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive to protest the incident. A large police force from 15 different departments responded, including riot-control officers.”

The crowd eventually dissipated around 5 p.m. local time, but the anger is still high on social media, according to Raw Story.

Watch this KMOV/News 4 report:


UPDATE — Sunday, Aug. 10, 12:10 p.m. ET: CNN has more details, including eyewitness account from Brown’s friend:Dorian Johnson said he was walking with Brown in the middle of the street when a police car pulled up. The officer told the teens to use the sidewalk.

After an exchange of words, the officer shot Brown even after he raised his hands in the air, Johnson said. “The officer fired again, and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” Johnson told KMOV. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

The St. Louis County PD, however, disputes the story:

“The genesis of this was a physical confrontation,” Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police Department, said at a Sunday news conference.

The officer tried to leave his vehicle just before the shooting on Saturday afternoon, but Brown pushed him back into the car, “where he physically assaulted the police officer” and struggled over the officer’s weapon, Belmar said.

A shot was fired inside the police car, and Brown was eventually shot about 35 feet away from the vehicle, Belmar said, adding few details because he didn’t want to “prejudice” the case.



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(Photo: KMOV News 4)

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12 thoughts on “College-Bound Teen Shot By Police in Missouri

  1. No way should this cop be place on paid administrative leave. He should be locked up while the investigation is conducted, just like any other suspected murderer. Totally different stories. Someone is just flat out lying. And since he shot this child, he should be out of circulation until the truth is uncovered. He should be in jail.

  2. How does looting and vandalism work into the mix? The ignorant ruffians with no home training or manners just took advantage of the situation to steal and act stupid, overshadowing those who actually had something to say. What could have been a peaceful protest turned into chaos by these dummies who created more victims by destroying businesses and property. THAT is what needs to stop. The message of the protester was completely lost because and that is what people will remember -the violence. The media loves it!

  3. When will this stop. Shooting an unarmed teenager is disgusting. If the police afraid of an unarmed teenager they’re in the wrong job.

  4. Dee Gray on said:

    What did the kid do? If he was unarmed, then apparently he wasn’t firing at the cops. So now cops are gunning down kids for walking in the street, and running away? And the so called police officer only gets placed on administrative leave? What is this country coming to? The “officer” should be convicted of 1st degree murder!

    • Sharon Jones on said:

      People, walk in the street. I know, that you have witnessed it before. Stop, acting brand new. Have you ever been downtown of any city?

    • dangerous BlkMan on said:

      Mac you racist cave ape. You are to comfortable in your rich white part of town. where we have to live their are no side walks unless you are along a main road.

  5. Blk People need to do a better job of policing and respecting themselves and their own communities, then outsiders will do it. The sad thing is the prosecuting Attorney and those cops are more crooked than a barrel of fish hooks! PA should have been cited out last week, but Black People are to lazy to go out and vote! I guess when they get tired of tragedies like this 1 they will make a change!

  6. Prophetic Imagination on said:

    His is happening a little too frequently to be a coincidence. Are Black people being incited to riot? I swear things are going backward instead of forward.

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