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Near riot in Missouri neighborhood after police shoot, kill unarmed teen


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Near riot in Missouri neighborhood after police shoot, kill unarmed teen

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 10, 2014

A Missouri town is outraged after an allegedly unarmed 18-year-old male was shot and killed by police near Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson on Saturday. The officer, who has not been identified, shot Mike Brown, 18, "more than just a couple of times," according to the St. Louis County Police Department.

Dorian Johnson claims he was walking in the street with Brown when an officer confronted them, drew his weapon and then fired. "He [the officer] shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air," Johnson explains to local outlet, KMOV News 4. "He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots." 

"Police said Brown pushed the officer back into the police car," KMOV reports. "According to police, Brown then entered the officer’s vehicle and a struggle ensued over the officer’s weapon.

According to KMOV, "St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that Brown was shot once by the officer and then an additional nine times as he [lay] in the street. Police have not confirmed that account."

"Ferguson Police called for assistance from St. Louis County and nearby municipalities as large, emotional crowds gathered at the scene," KMOV reports. "In all more than 100 officers from 15 departments responded to the area. Tactical teams in riot gear were also called in."

"Through the afternoon and evening some among the crowds were yelling profanities at police demanding justice. At one point gun shots rang out in the area as investigators gathered evidence," KMOV further reports. "That prompted numerous police canine units to move in and move the crowds back. At least one trash dumpster was set on fire."

The reason for the officer opening fire on Brown remains unconfirmed at this time. This officer, a six-year veteran of the force, has been placed on paid administrative leave while the St. Louis County Police investigates the incident. The St. Louis County NAACP has also launched its own investigation. 

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.