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There’s been another police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

FERGUSON, Missouri — Late night protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting death of Michael Brown, dispersed after bottles flew at officers, who answered with tear gas, police said Wednesday.

Protesters gathered in the St. Louis suburb for a fourth day and shouted at police officers.

“Don’t shoot!” they said, holding up signs protesting Brown’s killing. “No justice, no peace!”

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Blocks away from where the protests took place, there were two shootings. But police do not believe the violence was related to the protests.

A woman suffered a non-fatal wound to the head in a drive-by shooting, said St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman.

In a second incident, early Wednesday, police responded to calls about masked suspects brandishing shotguns, CNN affiliate KSDK reported, citing Schellman.

One of them pulled a handgun on an officer, who shot the suspect. The suspect is in hospital in critical condition, KSDK reported.

Officer’s name not released

Police know who shot Brown on Saturday, but days after the 18-year-old’s death, they’re not saying.

Releasing the name of the officer isn’t as important, they say, as protecting the community and the person who pulled the trigger.

“We started getting death threats against him and his family, and although that’s not most of the people, we took these things seriously,” Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said.

Lawyers representing Brown’s family blasted the decision, suggesting authorities were protecting one of their own rather than following standard procedures.

“That doesn’t give the community confidence. That doesn’t make it transparent,” attorney Benjamin Crump told reporters. “And remember, we’ve got a long way to go before this community starts to believe that the police are going to give them all the answers and not try to sweep it under the rug.”

Police should have released the officer’s name 72 hours after the shooting, he said. If police are going to ask residents of Ferguson to obey the law, he said, “then it’s got to work both ways.”

Jackson said his office doesn’t know yet when it will release the name, but it isn’t skirting any laws.

“The prosecuting attorney and the St. Louis County police chief agree that this is the prudent step to take under the circumstances,” he said.

Witness: I haven’t spoken with police

What led up to Brown’s death Saturday is a point of major contention.

Witnesses say the African-American teen was unarmed and his hands were in the air demonstrating that. Police have said that Brown attacked the officer in his car and tried to take his gun.

As federal civil rights investigators and the FBI carry out their own inquiry into the controversial case, tensions are running high in the town of 21,000 — where there’s a history of distrust between the predominately black community and the largely white police force.

Dorian Johnson, who said he saw the shooting, told CNN Tuesday that the officer who opened fire is white.

Johnson said he was walking with Brown in the street when the confrontation erupted.

But police didn’t speak to him about the shooting that day — and still haven’t, Johnson said, adding that the officer seemed stunned afterward.

“It’s almost like he wasn’t paying attention to me anymore. It’s like he was in shock himself, and his vision wasn’t on anything but my friend Big Mike,” he said.

Johnson’s attorney told CNN that police reached out to him on Tuesday to set up an interview, but they haven’t had a chance to talk yet.

Amid protests, calls for calm

The promise of investigations by local and federal authorities hasn’t stemmed outrage in the community.

A vigil for the teen devolved into violent clashes with police Sunday as some looted stores. On Monday night, there was chaos again on the streets. Shots were fired, authorities said, and police used tear gas to disperse a crowd.

Police have made 47 arrests in the aftermath of Brown’s shooting, CNN affiliate KMOV reported.

At a press conference with other African-American leaders Tuesday, the Rev. Al Sharpton urged people in Ferguson not to “betray the gentle giant” that Brown was by allowing their anger over his killing to lead to violence.

Michael Brown Sr., the teen’s father, renewed calls for people to steer clear of violence.

“I need all of us to come together and do this right, the right way, so we can get something done about this,” he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama echoed calls for calm, releasing a statement expressing condolences to the teen’s family and describing his death as heartbreaking.

“As details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding,” Obama said. “We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

College-bound teen sought a better life

Brown was going to defy negative stereotypes, staying away from the street life that plagued many African-American young men by instead going to college, his mother said.

“People may do things and it becomes repetitive in a certain race, but we didn’t. We don’t live like that. Not our family,” his mother, Lesley McSpadden, told CNN.

“We feel like we can do anything and go anywhere. … Just because my son is a 6’4″ black male walking down a city street does not mean he fit the profile for anything other than just walking down the street.”

18 comments

  • C

    Boy! If this isn’t a staged production number. “Rioting for Justice”, civil disobedience and destruction seem poised as PC, allowed, and pussyfooted with little or no “Justice” for the offenders. Playing field doesn’t seem fair, equal or just.
    Seems accorded discrimination, segregation, and entitlements.
    IF police are not “allowed” to enforce; disband the police and leave “Justice” to, of, by, and for the Mob.

  • tracy

    c and ?,becky you come up with some stupid stuff.your comments clearly are intended to make you look smart but end up in a babbling gibberish.go away.white people are shot by cops to,ya know.rarely do they go looting and riot in the streets.blacks have done this and used this same excuse for decades.nothing new here.you had equal rights years ago,now you want beyond that,you want more then equality for some reason.get over yourselves.you are not special,ok

  • manalishi

    “A woman suffered a non-fatal wound to the head in a drive-by shooting”
    ” police responded to calls about masked suspects brandishing shotguns”
    “One of them pulled a handgun on an officer,”

    Putting the brown shooting aside for just a moment. this is actually a perfect time to freely shoot looters, drive by thugs, and arsonists wholesale for the common good of society. These are not protesters. Real protesters should wise up and get out of the way before they become victims themselves. If not, maybe they could take the opportunity to clean up their own s**t.

  • BO

    Chimp outs are now called protests.How about calling it what it is,uncontrolled thievery by a bunch of monkey see monkey do types.

  • matt

    Why does it keep coming up that he was about to start college, da fuck that posed to mean. Most of the worlds worst criminals went to college. I agree with Tracy and manalishi

  • Tony

    Bo you are ignorent, and why do all black have to be a monkey to you is my question? You really showing you don’t know detail and looking at the FACE of the issue, sad. But the fact is someone got shot and the details don’t adding up. Let’s find out what is the truth and if it wasn’t a clean shooting lets send the unnamed policeman through the judicial process. But you Bo needs to stay classy. Because your post was classless.

    • BO

      It does’nt matter whether the cop is guilty or not you don’t go tearing up the neighborhood.want class try acting like they have some.

    • Keith

      Try adding up the forty killed last week in Chicago TONY. See can ya make some sense out of that cluster and BTW check out too, who the hell is doing. See any protesting about DAT!!! No Ya can’t get a flat screen for DAT. A buch of “monkeys” is being nice pal.

  • rscalzo

    Just down the road in St. Louis there have been 70 murders. The last was an Asian man murdered during a robbery by a black male. Where’s all the outraged rioters?

  • Sam Spade

    If my son did what your son did than I would say let the chips fall where they may. you saying no matter what your son did is OK is pure baloney.

      • BO

        This it where the “us” “them” mindset diverges.”Us” know we could get killed trying to take someones gun,a cop even more so and “they” think the cop should fist fight over the gun and let the best man win.

  • mark

    If the police would shoot a few more of those idiots that are running wild and destroying their own town/city maybe they would calm down a bit.

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