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Fatal Shooting of Unarmed African-American Teen by Police Officer Causes Uproar

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Michael Brown Fatal Shooting - August 2014 - BN News - BellaNaija.com 01The fatal shooting of a young African-American boy by police officers is causing uproar, and drawing comparisons to the killing of other unarmed black men including Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant.

STL Today reports on Saturday afternoon a Ferguson police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The fatal shooting outside an apartment complex sent angry residents into the street, taunting police.

His mother Lesley McSpadden said the shooting took place as her son was walking to his grandmother’s home.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

19-year-old Piaget Crenshaw – an eyewitness, said she was waiting outside for a ride to work when she saw a police officer attempting to place the young man in a squad car.

According to Crenshaw, she saw Michael Brown, hands in the air, attempt to flee.

Several shots hit him as he ran. The high school teen was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College on Monday.

The fatal killing sparked a lot of backlash and tension flared off and on through the evening.

Brown’s stepfather Louis Head held a sign that read, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”

Mourners later gathered at a prayer circle and then had a candlelight vigil as darkness fell. They later took to the streets shouting.

Wary police officers stood near the 100 protesters with rifles. The protesters also went to the street outside the Ferguson police headquarters, chanting “No Justice! No Peace!”

Brown’s mother later appeared at the shooting scene and was reportedly heard saying “I know they killed my son. This was wrong and it was cold-hearted. (My son) doesn’t kill, steal or rob. He doesn’t do any of that.”

Rest in Peace Michael Brown.

13 Comments

  1. Rip Mikey. ♥

  2. Aibee

    August 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Dear BN, “Fatal Killing” ekwa? If someone died, then it’s fatal..

    In which Country of the world is it okay to run away from an armed policeman and not expect to get shot, even if its a demobilizing shot?

  3. nene

    August 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

    he attempted to flee, which was why the policeman shot him. yes there’s bias against black men in america and around the world but why was the boy trying to run away? was he guilty? if he was a white boy in that neighbourhood, would the policeman have shot him, probably.

    • Jules

      August 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      irrespective of what he did, the policeman shouldn’t have shot him in the back. he was unarmed, fleeing and obviously posed no immediate threat to the life of the policeman.

    • anonymous

      August 14, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      So if they are trying to shoot you will stand abi

  4. Warri Babe

    August 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Rest in Peace Michael, this is just so sad!!!

  5. NaijaPikin

    August 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    So we know police has issues, we know they target black people. What I don’t understand is why folks continue to give these police officers the opportunity to act crazy. Why would you break away from police officers and start running?

    May his soul RIP.

    • Jane Public

      August 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Exactly.

  6. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    August 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Sentiments always weigh heavily against the police in a seemingly biased shooting, but I don’t think all the facts are in on this one enough to state anything categorically..

  7. mimi

    August 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    RIP

  8. sum1special

    August 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    why couldnt they have shot his leg or something?,why shoot him?10 shots at that..haba..there is more to this story..it is sad.

  9. sandra

    August 12, 2014 at 3:24 am

    That is why we should be very proud of our African heritage my dear people. Oyinbo land is always oyinbo land o! Many of our people have rejected their culture and worship American or Oyinbo people and culture. I am not saying we shouldnt like America or western countries ( they are great and good) but please know that issues of racism are very real, and we should be proud of our culture. It is good that the internet can make us know the reality of what is happening in the world.

  10. Zion

    August 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    hmmmm the end will justify the means..

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