Generally, when citizens think about the police, most think of people who enforce the city’s law, protect its citizens, and uphold authority that is both just and understanding. However, some police officers abuse their authority or don’t even know how to use it correctly. Here on The Inquisitr, we reported on such incidents such as a minivan shooting. Statistically, however, such incidents – which we’ll call police brutality – have fallen by 60 percent as discovered in a recent study when cops wear cameras.
Nevertheless, there are times when such incidents still happen throughout our nation, and they may or may not be brutality, but are often assumed to be. Reports are coming in of a police shooting in which an 18-year-old teenager was killed by police. The neighborhood however isn’t taking it well as its people rally together, calling to “kill the police!”
According to an article by KSDK, Ferguson police opened fire Saturday, 12 noon at the Canfield Green apartment complex in St. Louis County. Police have not released the reason for their shooting, but the community is outraged. The victim’s family confirmed that the decedent is 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Officers from fifteen other departments responded to the scene after a second round of gunfire rang out. Around 2:00 p.m, bystanders caused an uproar and gunshots were heard again. The police also made no comment on who fired the shots and why.
The Blaze followed up on the original article in which they reported an update as well as an official statement by a police spokesman. The first update, St. Louis County NAACP said it wanted the FBI to investigate the death of the teenager shot by the police officer. John Gaskin, a member of the local NAACP chapter, said the group wants the FBI to handle the problem to ensure thorough transparency for the investigation.
Brian Schellman, a St. Louis Police spokesman, reported the details of the situation that he was given. This includes that a couple hundred people exited nearby apartment buildings after the shooting, but he didn’t say what prompted the shooting. There were also no additional injuries at the scene and the crowd was under control by 5 p.m.
Now that you read about the situation, we want to know what you think. Do you think the police were responding to a situation in which they had no choice but to open fire? Or do you think this may be a case of police brutality because certain details have been omitted from the report? Let us know in the comments below.
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