“Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri, police shot and killed an unarmed teenage boy who was visiting his grandmother at the apartment complex where the murder occurred. The police have not yet made a comment as to why they even stopped 18-year-old Mike Brown to begin with, or why they drew their guns and shot the young man.
Brown was shot at approximately 2:15 p.m. in the 2900 block of Canfield Drive on Saturday.
“I know they killed my son, this was wrong and it was cold-hearted. He doesn’t kill, steal or rob. He doesn’t do any of that,” his mother, Lesley McSpadden said.
The murder has sparked outrage in the community, and at one point, police were forced to retreat from an angry crowd that was demanding answers. Eventually they called in over 100 police cars and pulled resources from over a dozen different departments to intimidate the neighbors who had gathered to protest the killing.
Many of the neighbors witnessed the murder first hand, and say that Brown had his hands up in the air and was unarmed at the time of the shooting. After the shooting occurred, crowds with hundreds of people gathered to protest the police and demand accountability, many reports said that emotions were understandably hot.
Louis Head, Brown’s stepfather was photographed holding a sign that said “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”
“He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown’s, told KMOV News. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
“He was a good kid. He didn’t live around here. He came to visit me and they did that to him for no reason,” Brown’s grandmother, Desuirea Harris, told reporters.
Ferguson officials issued the following statement early on Saturday night:
“The City of Ferguson is aware there are strong feelings following the tragic event that occurred on Canfield Drive earlier today. The St. Louis County Police Department is conducting an independent investigation of the events. We will provide further information as the investigation continues.”
The officer responsible has not been named by the department but it was reported that he has been suspended with pay.
Michael Brown was a recent high school graduate who was scheduled to begin classes at college on Monday.
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“He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown’s. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”