Here are some facts about the ‘peaceful protester’ Jeffrey Williams who reportedly shot two officers in Ferguson during protests. Via Heavy.com:
1. Williams May Not Have Been Shooting At Police & Wasn’t a Protester
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said during a press conference Sunday that Williams had been a demonstrator at the protests held but may not have been firing at the police:
“The evidence we have supports the charge that he may have been firing at someone else and struck the police.”
McCulloch said that Williams had admitted firing the shots, but that the two police who were injured may not have been the targets.
“There were civilians located between where the shooter was located and where the police were.”
2. There Were Dozens of Leads
County Police Chief John Belmar said during Sunday’s press conference that they had “leads pouring in,” and that County police had been assisted by all manner of law enforcement personnel and members of the community from across the east coast:
“The outpouring of support from all strata has been overwhelming.”
3. The Incident Was the Latest in a Series of Racially Charged Events
The two officers were shot outside the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department after protests following the resignation of the former police chief.
McCulloch said Williams had been present at the protests but that the crowd was in the process of dispersing when the shooting occurred.
4. Williams Said That It Is ‘Easy’ to Take a Life
On January 2, Williams posted on Facebook that killing was “easy:”
“It’s so easy to take somebody life…. Bt y’all niggas scared to bang….smh…….. Gotta Have da best of both worlds.”
5. Obama Condemned the Shooting
After the shooting took place, President Barack Obama said those responsible “needed to be arrested,” and asked people on both sides to work together:
“And then what we need to do is make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides — law-enforcement who have a terrifically tough job and people who understand they don’t want to be stopped and harassed because of their race — that we’re able to work together to try and come up with some good answers.”
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