VIDEO: Store looted after fatal shooting of teen sparks violent protests

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Protests in Missouri around the death of an unarmed teen turned violent late Sunday.

A gas station was looted, and police called for additional units to back up officers already on the street, said Brian Schellman, spokesman with the St. Louis County Police Department.

Video from the scene showed police in riot gear. No injuries were immediately reported.A shooting involving police left a teen dead Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said.  Witnesses decried the killing as unprovoked. The deceased, Mike Brown, 18, was unarmed, they told CNN affiliate KMOV.

“They are sending in more officers to try and get the situation under control,” Schellman said.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said that at least 20 police cars were damaged and that the use of tear gas was a high possibility.

A friend and witnesses say Missouri teen Michael Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed him, but that account is in dispute.

“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.

All shell casings collected at the scene were from the officer’s weapon, Belmar said. He further said the medical examiner would issue a ruling on how many times Brown was shot, but “it was more than just a couple.”

The account was in stark contrast to those of witnesses who said Brown did nothing to instigate the shooting and appeared to be surrendering when he was killed.

“My son just turned 18 and graduated high school and he didn’t bother nobody,” the young man’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, told CNN affiliate KSDK.

Ferguson Police cars do not have dash cameras, the department said.

McSpadden was told her son was shot eight times, though witnesses had varying accounts of how many shots were fired. Brown was supposed to start classes at Vatterott College on Monday, she said

Antonio French, the Ward 21 alderman in nearby St. Louis, tweeted numerous photos and videos from the aftermath of the Saturday shooting. Brown was shot shortly after 2 p.m., according to reports.

Hundreds of demonstrators — as many as 1,000 at the height of the protests, according to police — converged on the scene Saturday, at one point driving away a police squad car, French said on Twitter.

Scores of police officers lined the street. One of them held the leash of a barking dog, and French said some officers wielded shotguns. One image showed a riot van on the scene.

Demonstrators held their hands in the air and chanted, “We are Michael Brown.” Others held signs, including one that said, “No justice, no peace” and another that read, “Police stops should not = dead kids.” There were reports that some protesters yelled, “Kill the police.”

Demonstrators at one point set a Dumpster on fire, according to CNN affiliate KMOV, and Ferguson Police Chief Jackson told KSDK, “It did get a little tense when, twice, several shots were fired.”

The Ferguson Police Department called more than 100 officers from 15 jurisdictions to secure the scene, KMOV reported.

“We had what probably bordered on riot conditions,” Jackson said, explaining that it took hours to process the scene, collect evidence and move Brown’s body.

Later, according to media reports, about 100 people took their protest to the Police Department in Ferguson, a northern suburb that’s about a 20-minute drive from St. Louis. Officers were deployed to ensure the demonstrations were peaceful, the police chief said.

McSpadden had pointed words for the officer who shot her son.

“You’re not God. You don’t decide when you’re going to take somebody from here,” she told KSDK.

Jackson said the St. Louis County Police Department was conducting an independent investigation, and during the Sunday news conference, Belmar expressed doubts that Jackson would’ve called his department so promptly “if he had something to hide.”

The officer who shot Brown is on paid administrative leave during the investigation and will be available to talk to county homicide detectives.

The officer has been with the force six years, Belmar said, adding that he is “unaware of any other issues that he’s been involved in.”

He will be required to undergo two psychological evaluations before returning to duty, Belmar said.

The St. Louis County NAACP is asking the FBI to open an inquiry and said it would conduct its own investigation into the killing.

“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,” local chapter President Esther Haywood said in a statement.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Attorney General Eric Holder has instructed the department’s civil rights division to monitor the developments in the case.

The FBI said it is assisting police in its investigation and will review the findings.

Federal authorities typically await completion of the local investigation before deciding whether federal action is needed.

Brown was spending the summer in the neighborhood with his grandmother, Desuirea Harris, she told KMOV. She described him as “a good kid.”

He was walking with at least one other man at the time of the incident, Jackson said.

Witnesses told CNN affiliate KTVI that a police officer in a squad car grabbed Brown while he was walking.

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, according to Johnson.

After an exchange of words, the officer shot Brown even after he raised his hands in the air, Johnson said.

The officer “shot 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 police chief declined to divulge specifics about the case, including what preceded the shooting.

Brown enjoyed music and had recently graduated from Normandy High School in Wellston, his uncle Bernard Ewing said.


  • Ty Raid@ wm2793

    This is why the media should be able to be sued.
    Innacurrate caused much of this fall out by taking the ‘ witnesses ‘ statement as truth without verification.
    This is another Trayvon case.

  • Chucky

    Oh big surprise. Now the attorney who represented Trayvon Martin’s family is involved? Again, what a big surprise. All of those protesters are so quick to assume the primary witness, a friend of Mr. Brown’s is telling the truth that they don’t even wait for any investigation to take place. I hope that those who were throwing objects and kicking police cars and those who stole from the stores all get charged with rioting. It would be well deserved.

  • WeBuiltThisCountry

    If your not ready to die for it,you should take the words freedom and justice out of your vocabulary. MALCOLM X

  • Moses

    not surprised; these people dig their own pits and complain when others are racists; they possess an African tribal mentality: loot or kill first and then ask questions later

  • FaithC

    These people are scum. They feel their is an injustice so they protest, become violent and then they steal just to show they are upset. Uncivilized pigs!

  • firedude

    Well that didn’t take long. Guess the cop should have been black and the kid should have been some rich punk

  • Brittany

    Everyone is mentioning race…Black people this and that. White people kill their moms and dads and have school massacres.. Every race has idiots. A teenager is dead. God bless him

    • rhonda dunn (@DunnRhonda)

      Brittany i respect your comment, the plain hard truth is a teenage boy is dead, and will have no more birthdays, the last photo of him will be lying in the street dead. Why did this get so out of hand.? Yes the boy was in the middle of the road. should he have crossed the street faster i would assume the answer is yes, with the police shortage in this town, could the officer used his time more wisely, i guess the answer is no. My own family can not watch news like this together, without someone getting mad,

  • Dick Tracy

    I hope every business that was looted closes down and does not return. The criminals will then complain about it without understanding that they are responsible for it. Oh well, I have no sympathy for the black community in this area because this is what they are and what they represent.

  • j

    Its the truth every time a white person shoots a black person they assume the worst without checking the facts so they start riots.what about the white woman who worked at a school killed by a black man u didn’t see us being idiots protesting in the streets

  • j

    Brittany obviously your the idiot what does white people killing there parents have anything to do with a black dude getting murdered, good try on a hopless effort of trying to turn this on white people.Its not our fault u don’t know bothe sides of the story your just reacting like the thugs who werw rioting in the streets.

  • greatclits

    a phrase comes to mind that i heard many times growing up, it goes like this “the only good N____ is a dead N____” … you fill in the blanks, as it appears this may be somewhat true

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