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