Anyone following this? Seems like this is going to get ugly.
Hundreds outraged after officer-involved shooting in Ferguson
by KMOV.com staff
Posted on August 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM
Updated today at 9:44 PM
Officer involved shooting in Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Multiple police agencies were called to Ferguson, Missouri Saturday afternoon after a fatal officer-involved shooting, sparking outrage among hundreds of residents.
News 4's Cory Stark, who is on the scene, said he saw a man lying dead on Coppercreek Road. Police confirm there was an officer-involved shooting, near the Canfield Green Apartments. A large section of West Florissant Avenue was closed by police at Canfield Drive.
According to Stark, there 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.
Multiple witnesses say 18-year-old Mike Brown had no weapon on him, had his hands up in the air, but was shot by authorities multiple times.
"He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air," said Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown's. "He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots."
"He was a good kid. He didn't live around here," said Desuirea Harris, grandmother of the victim. "He came to visit me and they did that to him for no reason."
The St. Louis County NAACP has launched an investigation of the shooting saying they plan to "get to the bottom of what has occurred and will work to ensure that justice is served for all victims involved."
The St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood also released a statement saying:
“We are hurt to hear that yet another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting. We strongly encourage residents to stay away from the crime scene so that no additional citizens are injured. I have spoken directly with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, and I am confident that both he and his department will ensure that the investigation is conducted properly and that all details are kept transparent.”
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says St. Louis County Police have taken over the investigation and the officer involved in the shooting has been put on paid administrative leave.
Police have not said what led to the shooting at this time and have not confirmed if the victim was in possession of a weapon at the time of the shooting.
Stay tuned to News 4 and KMOV.com for the latest in this breaking news.