This looks like #Ferguson happening all over again. On Wednesday in St. Louis, an unarmed black 18-year old man was shot by police after they said that he ran and pointed a gun at them while they were serving a warrant at a location where he was.
Cue the riots and protests from the #BlackLivesMatter crowd. Any time a black person is shot by police – no matter what they were doing – you can expect the protests and riots to ensue. They didn’t waste any time as 9 have already been arrested during the protests last night. The crowds were throwing bricks and glass bottles at police officers.
According to NBC News:
St. Louis police arrested nine people and deployed tear gas to break up protests that followed the police killing of an 18-year-old man who authorities say pointed a gun at two officers.
Protesters threw glass bottles and bricks at officers and refused to clear the roadway, Chief Sam Dotson told reporters late Wednesday.
Dotson said that four guns, including a handgun that Ball-Bey was carrying, and crack cocaine were found at the home. Another man and a woman who were inside the home were arrested, he said.
According to the Daily Mail, they also set buildings ablaze:
By nightfall, a vacant house in the area and a car had been set completely ablaze and around 80 protesters had gathered, some of them setting fire to an American flag while chanting anti-police slogans.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said police made nine arrests and used tear gas to clear a street after protesters threw glass bottles and rocks at officers. He added that officers were also responding to reports of burglaries in the area.
At a press conference, Dotson said two suspects fled from the home near the intersection of Page and Walton in north St. Louis about noon Wednesday on the city’s north side before the 18-year-old turned and pointed a handgun at the officers, who shot him.
That suspect, identified later in a statement by police as Mansur Ball-Bey of St. Louis, died at the scene.