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Missouri crowd after shooting: 'Kill the police'

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The fatal shooting of a black teenager by police sent hundreds of angry residents out of their apartments Saturday in a St. Louis suburb, igniting shouts of "kill the police" during a confrontation that lasted several hours.

A St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP called for the FBI to look into the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb a few miles north of downtown St. Louis.

Brown's grandmother, Desiree Harris, said she saw him running in her neighborhood Saturday afternoon when she passed him in her car. Just minutes later, after she returned home, she heard a commotion and went outside to check on it. Less than two blocks away, she found Brown's body.

"He was running this way," she said. "When I got up there, my grandson was lying on the pavement. I asked the police what happened. They didn't tell me nothing."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported several distraught relatives were outside talking with neighbors, including Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and stepfather, Louis Head. Head held a sign that read: "Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!"

A spokesman with the St. Louis County Police Department, which is investigating the shooting at the request of the local department, confirmed a Ferguson police officer shot the man. The spokesman didn't give the reason for the shooting. St. Louis County police said a large crowd confronted officers following the shooting, yelling such things as "kill the police."

John Gaskin, a member of the St. Louis County NAACP, said the FBI should get involved "to protect the integrity of the investigation." He alluded to the 2012 racially-charged shooting of a 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was subsequently acquitted of murder charges, as well as the death of a New York man from a police chokehold after he was confronted for selling individual cigarettes on the street.

"With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers ... this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially our local organization," Gaskin said.

Gaskin said officials in the organization spoke with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who told them teenager had been shot twice.

By early Saturday night, dozens of police cars remained parked near the shooting scene as mourners left votive candles, rose petals, a large stuffed animal and other remembrances at a makeshift memorial in the middle of the street. At the height of the post-shooting tensions, police at the scene called for about 60 other police units to respond to the area in Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 residents, about two-thirds of whom are black.

Harris said her grandson had recently graduated high school and was looking forward to the future, including possibly attending college.

"My grandson never even got into a fight," she said. "He was just looking forward to getting on with his life. He was on his way."

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told the Post-Dispatch that the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"We are hoping for calm and for people to give us a chance to conduct a thorough investigation," Jackson said.

Gaskin said the angry crowd was reacting to a "trauma."

"Anytime you have this type of event that's taken place, emotions are going to run high," he said. "But for 600 people to gather around an area to see where a man is lying in the street, that means something happened that should have not happened."

Mo. Community Outraged After Officer Shoots, Kills Teen

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Craig August 09 2014 at 10:27 PM

You would think that the NCAAP would be focused on the 500 murders every year in Chicago.

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Dude August 09 2014 at 7:24 PM

A felon with a long and ugly criminal history who constantly preys on his own neighbors can decide to attack the police instead of going back to prison (again) and get killed in the process, and in some neighborhoods in America it seems the "good" neighbors suddenly decide there's more wrong with the police than with the thugs among them. I guess if you way of life is to emulate thugs and to protect thugs, then you deserve to live in whatever unsafe neighborhoods you build for yourself.

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chigpot August 09 2014 at 8:01 PM

I abhor police brutality as much as the next person, but I question the journalistic integrity of leading the story with a tweet from "@AyoMissDarkSkin" describing the shooting as an execution, when the police have not yet said what prompted the shooting.

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curtschnell August 09 2014 at 8:06 PM

Now I see why the NRA wants people to be armed because of the tyrannical Gov't being exhibited here with the Cops.

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slowneasy101 August 09 2014 at 7:36 PM

2 opposing groups of thugs ready to have at it. Film at 11:00

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Jennifer August 10 2014 at 3:31 PM

The "kill the police" attitude & IMMEDIATE rioting about it is the exact attitude that probably got this kid killed. So tired of the fact that it was a WHITE cop who killed this kid, it's immediately a RACIST attack! Bullshit. If that's the case, why don't more blacks join the police department. Then what happens when a BLACK cop kills a WHITE kid? Is Al Sharpton going to come to THAT kids defense? Why is it not ok to use the N word but blacks can call Whites Honkey or Cracker? THAT'S NOT reverse racism - it's RACISM PERIOD. Let the investigation ensue & we'll see exactly what this kid DID to cause the cop to have to kill him. Quit pulling out the race card & if you stop with the "kill the police attitude" then MAYBE you'd be treated better BY the police who are trying to protect law abiding citizens. Or maybe just stop breaking the LAW!!

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katz Jennifer August 10 2014 at 3:36 PM

Shhhhhh

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Jennifer katz August 10 2014 at 3:46 PM

Shhh why? Because it's the truth!

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tewdeeq Jennifer August 10 2014 at 5:09 PM

LInk please, : Black cop killing a white kid, since the first year of more than four hundred years of slavery. (shhhh)!

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dd1820 August 10 2014 at 3:19 PM

Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and stepfather, Louis Head. Head held a sign that read: "Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!"
Yeah because THATS not inflamitory, I find it "interestibng" that black people are allowed to be racist all day long but point out that maybe the offender shouldnt haev been doing what they were doing and oh "your a racist"............enough with the double standard bullshit. QUIT acting like criminals and maybe you stop going to prison and getting shot, it ALSO might help if you STOP killing YOUR OWN PEOPLE and blaming someone else.

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tewdeeq dd1820 August 10 2014 at 3:56 PM

I agree. Enough with your own white double standards.

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ajt1025 August 10 2014 at 8:46 AM

Why is it when a black worlthless kid gets shot by the white police the blacks get up in arms?? His record shows that he would have gotten killed anyway. The black have been getting their way for over 125 years now and as a White Man I am tired of paying for their lazyness. Get a job

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Proud Conservati August 10 2014 at 9:03 AM

This story is very slanted. No sooner than the kid was shot there were hundreds of rioters on the scene. They ALL pretended to see what happened. Ferguson is mostly black and loads of crime and murder are commited there every week. Seems that is to be expected but when a black is actually shot by a white police Obama and Sharpton are the first on the scene. Talk about racism!!!

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sparticlistic August 10 2014 at 8:57 AM

All innocent deaths are real trageties. But why is the NAACP/Black race baiting leaders demonizing the police, inciting idiots, speaking, writing about JUST this DEATH?
Ask Democratic leader Obama, Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, what they have done/doing about the 1000 Black MEN,WOMEN,CHILDREN, shot/513 killed in Chicago, in 2012 (AND EVERY YEAR). (5000 killed in Democratically controlled Chicago, since 2002). ASK OBAMA/BIDEN/KERRY,JACKSON/SHARPTON/RANGLE/OPRAH/MATTHEWS/PELOCI,REID, WHERE IS THE PHOTO SHOOT, SPEECH AND CROCODILE TEARS WITH THE GRIEVING BLACK MOTHERS OF THEIR 513 DEAD. WHERE IS THE FREAKING PRESS/YOU? Recent Obama speak on A FEW White STUDENT children's graves in Conn. : "So we have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics". Why not Chicago? THEN, what are you and Obama going to do about all the other high kill rate, Democratically controlled, with NO prayer in school laws, tough anti gun laws, with NO "stand your ground" laws, with NO "Stop and frisk" law cites of N.Y., Newark, Camden, Detroit, East St Louis, New Orleans, Atlanta, LA., Oakland, Philli, Pittsburg, and Washington DC, WHERE THOUSANDS OF BLACK MEN, WOMEN,CHILDREN ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR.. OH, NO another Obama lackey, Eric Holder just released HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of non violent, Hoodie wearing, criminal felon prison inmates, to terrorize/mock families, victims, citizens, Police in these same cites AGAIN, because he thought it was unfair so many BLACKS were in prison.
Stop worshiping at the feet of race baiting, Black, wanna be leaders and drinking that victimhood KoolAid

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