Mike Brown: St. Louis Police Shoot & Kill Unarmed 18-Year-Old — So Sad

Mon, August 11, 2014 1:21pm EDT by 14 Comments 17,814 Article Views

The entire city of Ferguson, Missouri has been rioting in the streets as an act of protest after an unarmed 18-year-old teenager was shot, reportedly 8 times, and killed in broad daylight. Just awful.

Mike Brown, 18, was with an unidentified friend when a Ferguson Police Officer allegedly shot him dead in the middle of the street. Multiple reports cite witnesses to the shooting who claim Mike was unarmed and had his hands in the air, a sign of surrender, when he was shot dead. Now, friends, family, and residents of Ferguson have been protesting in the streets, specifically outside of the police department, hoping to see the officer who allegedly shot Mike be taken off paid leave and put behind bars.

Mike Brown Shot & Killed While Unarmed In Missouri

This is a true tragedy.

A community of thousands has banded together seeking justice for one of their fallen, 18-year-old Mike Brown.

The teenager was shot dead on Saturday, Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, allegedly by a Ferguson Police Officer. Mike and a friend who remains unidentified reportedly got into a scuffle with officers, however multiple witnesses from the scene have claimed that the teenager was unarmed with his hands held up above his head when he was killed.

Other reports claim that there was a physical altercation between Mike and the police officer who allegedly shot him. Conflicting witness accounts claim Mike may have shoved the officer into a police car before he was shot.

It is still unconfirmed what exactly went down between the officer and Mike before the shooting occurred, however, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar did confirm that Mike was shot at least 35 feet away from police vehicles.

Mike had graduated high school just a couple of months before his death, and he was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College on Monday, Aug. 10, reports CNN. Now, his devastated parents will not be able to experience the joy of watching their son graduate from college in four years.

“My son just turned 18 and graduated high school and he didn’t bother nobody,” his mother, Lesley McSpadden, told local news affiliate KSDK.

Michael’s family has already acquired Benjamin Crump as their legal defense as they prepare to fight for justice in their son’s name. Benjamin previously represented the family of Trayvon Martin, whose death could be described as eerily similar to the death of Mike.

Our thoughts go out to Michael’s family, friends, and neighbors during this very difficult time.

Mike Brown’s Death Sparks Rioting & Protests In Ferguson

The reports claiming that Mike was unarmed and had not been instigating an altercation with the police officer who allegedly shot him have sparked outrage among the Ferguson community. Not to mention, the officer who allegedly killed Mike by shooting him a reported 8 times is now on paid administrative leave from the force.

What should have been a peaceful candlelit vigil in honor of the fallen teenager on Sunday, Aug. 10 quickly turned into a community riot, with stores looted and even an entire building reportedly burned to the ground, states the Daily Mail.

At one point, protesters kneeled on the ground with their hands in the air chanting “We are Michael Brown” in front of police officers decked out in riot gear, refusing to disperse until police surrendered.

Unfortunately, due to the violence, looting, and altercations with police, at least 32 people were arrested during the protests.

UPDATE: A preliminary autopsy revealed that Michael was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

– Lauren Cox

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joseph

Posted at 5:11 PM on August 20, 2014  

in advance I apologize for the misspelled words. Can’t rely on auto correct on cell phones.

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Joseph

Posted at 5:07 PM on August 20, 2014  

Only the witnesses that saw what actually happened will ever know the truth besides the cop involved. If this kid was coming at the officer as previously stated and this officer was imminently gonna.suffer bodily harm or possible death then it would be a matter of self defense no matter what the setting. As for the kid, yes he was black. But how does anyone know he was a thug? What relevant proof do you guys have? The fact of the matter this kid broke the law and if the officer was acting in a self defensive manner. Despite color or race, self defense is still self defense. Only thing that would change that is actual video footage from the cop. Car or a 3rd party at the acene. I’m very supised with all those witnesses, no one had a cell phone or cell phone on hand to record the a video at that moment in time.

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GUEST

Posted at 8:19 AM on August 21, 2014  

SOME WITNESSES DID BUT IT LOOKS LIKE NOBODY TUNED ON THEIR CELLPHONE CAMERAS IN TIME! Historic-Stupity I just hope somebody got pics on their home security camera or did the police if we really can trust the ferguson police department check traffic cameras if they have any PICS?

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Laurie

Posted at 7:21 PM on August 18, 2014  

I’m not a “racist”, African,…just stating fact!

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Lee

Posted at 11:18 AM on August 18, 2014  

First principle of self defense… keep shooting until the bad guy stops what he is doing. It looks like he kept coming at the officer.

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african

Posted at 7:24 AM on August 18, 2014  

Racist are satanist God will Judge you…

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Laurie

Posted at 2:07 AM on August 18, 2014  

Right on, Dennis Taylor…he robbed a convenience store shortly before this happened for a box of cigars – what a low life – for a box of cigars! Then tried to pull the cop out of his police car and tried to take his weapon! Like I said…a black thug that thought he could do anything he wanted to and get away with it. Now they are rioting in this town and causing more damage and destruction and costing more tax dollars! Of course they don’t care about that – most of them don’t pay taxes anyway…just live off of others tax dollars!

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Dennis Taylor

Posted at 12:05 AM on August 18, 2014  

Brown was nothing more than a street thug used to bullying his way around and a white cop had to put 8 rounds in him to get him to stop.

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Tommy

Posted at 2:39 AM on August 14, 2014  

FIRST OFF, WHO SAID THAT HE WAS A “BLACK THUG” ITS SAD THAT RACISM IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS WORLD NOW DAYS. IT WASNT RIGHT “IF” THERE WAS AN ALTERCATION WITH THE POLICE BUT TO SHOT ANYONE 8 TIMES 35 FEET AWAY AND HIS HANDS OVER HIS HEAD IS NOT ANY BETTER. IT DOESNT MATTER IF THE PERSON WAS BLACK, WHITE, RED OR BLUE. THIS SHOULDNT BE A RACIAL MATTER, IT SHOULD BE A RIGHT OR WRONG MATTER.

YOU “BLACK THUGS” COMMENT WAS DEFINITELY OUT OF LINE AND YOU NEED TO GROW UP. THUGS COME IN ALL COLORS SWEETIE, NOT.JUST BLACK

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Tommy

Posted at 2:37 AM on August 14, 2014  

FIRST OFF, WHO SAID THAT HE WAS A “BLACK THUG” ITS SAD THAT RACISM IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS WORLD NOW DAYS. IT WASNT RIGHT “IF” THERE WAS AN ALTERCATION WITH THE POLICE BUT TO SHOT ANYONE 8 TIMES 35 FEET AWAY AND HIS HANDS OVER HIS HEAD IS NOT ANY BETTER. IT DOESNT MATTER IF THE PERSON WAS BLACK, WHITE, RED OR BLUE. THIS SHOULDNT BE A RACIAL MATTER, IT SHOULD BE A RIGHT OR WRONG MATTER.

YOU “BLACK THUGS” COMMENT WAS DEFINITELY OUT OF LINE AND YOU NEED TO GROW UP

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Laurie

Posted at 12:16 AM on August 14, 2014  

You are totally right, DD…but these damn black thugs think they can do anything they want, and then when the police try to intervene, they claim “racism”!

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TravyonMartin

Posted at 1:27 PM on August 12, 2014  

Oh look it’s Travyon Martin all over again, Kid must be at fault.

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JUST SAYING

Posted at 9:25 AM on August 12, 2014  

No, you shouldnt fight with the police. However, shooting this unarmed kid a reported 8 times is a bit excessive, dont you think?? Mace, taser, or maybe non-leathals would have been appropriate in this case. Both parties acted inappropriately, one more so than the other, but your one-sided comment clearly expresses a true insensitive demeanor.

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DD

Posted at 7:33 AM on August 12, 2014  

You are not supposed to fight with the police.

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