A Missouri teen, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Brown’s friend told authorities Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when the officer killed him.
One witness said the officer shot Brown in the face and chest though the teen’s hands were in the air.
Jon Belmar, Chief of the St. Louis County Police Department, said Brown physically assaulted the officer on Saturday when the officer tried to exit his vehicle. Belmar claims Brown “struggled over the officer’s weapon.”
Belmar’s statement contradicts those of the witnesses who explained Brown was an innocent victim. They said the teen was “surrendering when he was killed.”
Lesley McSpadden explained to CNN affiliate KSDK that her son just turned 18 and recently completed high school. She also said Brown was not a troublemaker. McSpadden believes her son was murdered and stated she “hopes to see the police officer who shot him fired” and sent to jail.
According to CBS News, hundreds of protestors demanded answers during a news conference Sunday. They entered the Ferguson Police Department saying, “don’t shoot me” with their hands in the air. Others shouted, “We want answers” and “no justice, no peace.”
Brown’s grandmother explained he “never got into a fight.” She furthered stated that her grandson was “looking forward to getting on with his life.” She said he was on his way.
This teen was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College on Monday.
Reader, how do you feel about this story? Michael Brown was on his way to college. That is the desire of many parents, for their children to further their education.
Brown’s hands were in the air, in a surrendered position, based on the testimonies of different witnesses, so why did that officer fire his gun at him?
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