Logging onto Facebook, I noticed I was tagged in a recent post. It was from a St. Louis Hip Hop artist, known as SIC. He is now residing in Atlanta, GA, but his heart is heavily home. A recent incident here in our hometown, St. Louis, MO grabbed the attention of the country Saturday, August 9th 2014. (You can read the full story below courtesy of KMOV.com.) But this incident has moved so many people to do something to make a change. Unfortunately some have resulted in starting riots, and fighting ignorance with ignorance does not solve problems. Though others have united positively, non-violently to make a change; and artist SIC is a prime example of someone spreading the word positively through his craft of hip hop to advise those hurting right now, not to act violently, but to unify. I hope to see more of this in the near future. Whatever your gift is, use it to bring your community together positively, educate one another, respect one another, highlight the value that we only get one life and use your gift to uplift others and glorify God.
Listen to SIC’s song titled Hands Up dedicated to Mike Brown of St Louis, MO and to Brown’s friends and family. May God cover you all.
This was published by KMOV.com staff
Posted on August 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Tensions are high in Ferguson, Missouri and a large police presence is on hand after a teenager was shot to death by a police officer.
The St. Louis County Police Department held a press conference Sunday morning where they stated Brown was shot “more than just a couple of times” by a 6-year member of the Ferguson Police department.
The incident happened in a roadway Saturday afternoon near the Canfield Green Apartments in the 2900 block of Canfield.
Witnesses tell News 4 that Mike Brown, 18, was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by a Ferguson police officer. Police have not confirmed those claims and have not released any details of the incident other than an officer was involved and that he has been placed on administrative leave.
Dorian Johnson tells News 4 he was walking with Brown when the officer confronted them and drew his weapon.
“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.”
St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that Brown was shot once by the officer and then an additional nine times as he lie in the street. Police have not confirmed that account.
“He was a good kid. He didn’t live around here,” said Desuirea Harris, grandmother of the victim. “He came to visit me and they did that to him for no reason.”
Ferguson Police called for assistance from St. Louis County and nearby municipalities as large, emotional crowds gathered at the scene. In all more than 100 officers from 15 departments responded to the area. Tactical teams in riot gear were also called in. At one point, a dumpster was set on fire in protest of the shooting. A section of West Florissant Avenue near the scene was closed for a time on Saturday evening.
Through Saturday afternoon and evening some among the crowds were yelling profanities at police demanding justice. At one point gun shots rang out in the area as investigators gathered evidence. That prompted numerous police canine units to move in and move the crowds back.
The St. Louis County NAACP says they have launched their own an investigation and plan to “get to the bottom of what has occurred and will work to ensure that justice is served for all victims involved.”
Haywood also released a statement saying: “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenage boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting. We strongly encourage residents to stay away from the crime scene so that no additional citizens are injured. I have spoken directly with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, and I am confident that both he and his department will ensure that the investigation is conducted properly and that all details are kept transparent.”
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says St. Louis County Police have taken over the investigation and the officer involved in the shooting has been put on paid administrative leave.