Public Outcry After Police Shooting of Black St. Louis Teenager

TIME

Updated 1:30 p.m.

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black St. Louis teen Saturday has caused an outcry of anger towards the city’s police, with locals rallying in the streets and widening uproar on social media.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was being placed in a police squad car, eyewitness Piaget Crenshaw told the St. Louis Dispatch, when he put his hands in the air and attempted to flee. Several shots hit him as he ran away.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Sunday that Brown struggled for the officer’s gun in the patrol car and that one shot was fired from the officer’s gun during the tussle. The officer fired multiple shots at Brown as he fled, Belmar said.

Anger flared the rest of the day after Brown’s death, as protestors screamed obscenities mixed with threats to “kill the police,” and more than 60 area police officers…

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