Monday, August 11, 2014

Rioting in suburban St. Louis

Even if the police wrongly shot an unarmed teenager--who may have ignored the first rule in dealing with the police, which is to do what they say--the rioters in Missouri are still jackals.

From AP:
A black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer had his hands raised when the officer approached with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly, according to two men who said they witnessed the shooting that sparked two nights of unrest in suburban St. Louis.

The FBI opened an investigation Monday into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot multiple times Saturday after being confronted by an officer in Ferguson, a suburb of 21,000 that's nearly 70 percent black.

Authorities in Ferguson used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse a large crowd Monday night that had gathered at the site of a burned-out convenience store damaged a night earlier, when many businesses in the area were looted.

Police Chief Tom Jackson said members of the crowd threw rocks at police and gunfire came from the crowd, so officers used tear gas and shot "beanbag rounds" meant to stun them.
Another version of the story from (gasp!) the New York Times, is that the slain teen tried to steal a cop's gun.

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