A Ferguson police officer has been shot Saturday night, according to local St. Louis news stations. Fox2 Now is reporting the police officer was on patrol when he was shot and police have sealed off an area by the new Ferguson Community Center. West Florissant Ave. is shut down from Chambers Rd. to I-270 in both directions.
Tim Zoll with the Ferguson Police Department told KSDK NewsChannel 5 that the police officer was shot in the arm. There is no word yet on the condition of the officer.
The suspect in the shooting has yet to be apprehended. He is being described by Missouri State Highway Patrol as a black man with dreadlocks. No name has been released or reported. Community residents are beginning to crowd around the police staging scene in curiosity and concern.
On August 9th, Michael Brown was walking down the street with a friend when he was approached by Darren Wilson, a police officer with the Ferguson Police Department. There are questions on what took place during their encounter but it ended with Michael Brown dead.
Michael Brown was black and Darren Wilson is white.
The teenager was shot 6 times, twice in the head. Darren Wilson contends he was firing in self-defense but there are witnesses who state Michael Brown’s hands were up. After the autopsy of Brown was released, it was implicated the wounds and other evidence indicated his arms were raised.
On the same day Darren Wilson’s name was released, the Ferguson Police Department released a video allegedly showing Michael Brown strong arming a store clerk for cigars. This just inflamed speculation of the details of the encounter.
After the shooting, Ferguson residents took to the streets in protest, calling for the arrest of Darren Wilson. The protests, which lasted a few days and re-erupted a couple of weeks ago after Michael Brown’s memorial burned down, at one point, turned violent. Demonstrators looted and directed aggression toward police who utilized military style tactics to regain control.
Social media heated up with people praising or ridiculing both sides. Race tension has been fueled and the discussion of America’s racial problems are more verbal than ever.
While there is support for Michael Brown’s family and the black community of Ferguson, there has been over-whelming support for Darren Wilson as well. Thousands of dollars have been raised for the troubled police officer and his family while the situation unfolds.
Another criticism is on how the police of Ferguson handled the body after the shooting. Bothered peopled have asked why was Michael Brown’s body lying in the street for 4 hours and not moved. Police Chief Thomas Jackson attempted to apologize to a crowd Thursday for the actions of his police department including how they initially handled the shooting. He apologized yet rebuffed the idea of his resignation.
There were some in the crowd that wasn’t receptive of his apology and yelled for him to leave if he wasn’t resigning.
“It’s never been the intention of the Ferguson Police Department — or any police department that I know — to intentionally target individuals because of race.”