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White St. Louis Cop Fatally Shoots Black Teen

Racial tensions boiled in the St. Louis area after a white off-duty police officer fired 17 shots at an African-American teen that reportedly fired on him first.

Protesters took to the streets of south St. Louis after the shooting re-ignited tensions still brewing after the shooting of Michael Brown in August.

Police say the unidentified officer was working for a private security company at the time and encountered three men he thought were “acting suspiciously.”

The three men fled when they saw the cop.

“One of them ran in a way that the officer believed that he was armed with a gun – holding his waist band, not running full stride,” Police Chief Sam Dotson told The Washington Post.

The officer drove after them and then chased them on foot. Police say one of the men turned and approached the officer “in an aggressive manner” and got into a physical altercation before running up a hill.

As the 18-year-old ran up the hill, police say he fired on the officer three times and the officer returned fire.

“The suspect continued to pull the trigger on the gun,” Dotson said. “We learned that the gun had malfunctioned and it was jammed.”

The victim was identified by family as Vonderrit Myers Jr., who police say was “no stranger to law enforcement.”

Myers was scheduled for trial in November for unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest charges.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave as is policy in any officer-involved shooting.

The victim’s family says Myers didn’t have a gun, he had a sandwich.

“He was unarmed,” Myers’ cousin, Teyonna Myers, told the St. Louis Dispatch. “He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun.”

Police say they recovered a 9mm Ruger at the scene which they say was used by Myers.

Protests did not turn violent but demonstrators were certainly upset.

“I watched (St. Louis) police officers handling themselves admirably in the face of some serious yelling, screaming, kicking of their cars last night,” said St. Louis Alderman Stephen Conway.

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  • frillbot

    Just curious…..I’m in my late 50s, and recall hearing the term ‘black muslim’ going back to the early 1970s, I think. That’s as far back as I remember. So…..how closely are these people connected to the muslims like al qaeda….or ISIS? Are these ‘peaceful’ protesters going to continue looting & vandalizing much longer? What’s this now…..over a month they’ve been out there? I think their savage & uncivilized behavior practically INVITES us to deploy fully armed military troops into their neighborhoods. Islam has declared ‘war’ on western culture…..whether the government wants to say it or not. These folks ( that I see in THIS tape ) in the streets are trying to destroy society. I can’t help but start getting into the mindset……that a LOT of these people are prime targets for recruitment into ISIS. That they need to be dealt with SOONER rather than later.

    • Thomas W. Yale

      Or…maybe there’s no connection between U.S. blacks and Middle Eastern terrorist organizations, and this facile connection is nothing but an excuse to imply that black people in the St. Louis area are predominately Muslim, have unverified and unverifiable ties with terrorist organizations, and need to be persecuted for it despite having every good reason for being justifiably angry that police are killing unarmed citizens. Moreover, Islam has not declared war on Western culture. Terrorist organizations that label themselves as Islamic have created a image that convinces gullible, myopic Westerners that they’re a true representation of Islam, while the vast majority of Muslims are quite honestly repulsed that these people identify in any way with their religion. I hope I’ve helped you out of this mindset, because it’s ridiculous.