St. Louis and Ferguson still continue to be in the news for not good reasons.
Protesters gathered in a St. Louis neighborhood late Wednesday after an off-duty police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old black man whom police say opened fire on the officer during a foot pursuit.
St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson, said the 32-year-old unidentified officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was working for a private security company when he approached three men on the street.
“As he exited the car, the gentlemen took off running. He was able to follow one of them before he lost him and then found him again as the guy jumped out of some bushes across the street,” Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins said. “The officer approached, they got into a struggle, they ended up into a gangway, at which time the young man pulled a weapon and shots were fired. The officer returned fire and unfortunately the young man was killed.”
I’ll withhold judgement on the shooting until the facts are in; unfortunately not everyone reacts the same way.
Hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene. Some people shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot” in reference to the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. That shooting in Ferguson led to weeks of sometimes violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Officer Darren Wilson has not been charged in the shooting.
Dotson said some in the crowd late Wednesday shouted obscenities toward officers and damaged police cars. Officers, however, “showed great restraint,” he said.
“Any police officer use of force certainly will draw attention,” Dotson said.
KTVI reported that some protesters were seen hitting police vehicles and shots were heard in the area. The station also reported that police largely backed off to give the protesters space.
Translated from government and media double speak; the police abandoned their responsibility to the safety of the people and the city. Other media reports are warning of violence if the officer in the Michael Brown shooting is not indicated and charged. That decision is expected later this month or early next month. Stay tuned to your TVs when it comes out because the media is reporting possible violence in other cities besides St. Louis.