It’s happened once again. Just miles away from the scene where teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police, another young black man’s life was taken by law enforcement last night on the 4100 block of Shaw in St. Louis. Two white off-duty officers–currently unnamed– were working for a security agency while in uniform. The police version of the story is that one of the officers was conducting a “pedestrian check” at approximately 7:30 pm. The complete police statement is below:
The young man killed is identified as 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. The mother of Myers, who fainted on the scene, says that her son was holding a sandwich, not a gun.
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 9, 2014
Protesters immediately took to the streets in a show of force in the wake of Myers’ death. While no one was injured, some members of the community lashed out by attacking cop cars and chanting up and down the streets, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, these killer cops have got to go.”
Twitter users expressed outrage from the community and national onlookers alike. The situation is an instantaneous reminder of Michael Brown and even Trayvon Martin.
Meanwhile back in St. Louis… Police have killed 18-year-old Vonderrick Myer. We can’t trust each other nor can we trust the cops. — DeUndre J. Eberhart (@iamdeundre) October 9, 2014
So Vonderrick Myer was killed at a pedestrian stop? Did the cop ask him for his freedom papers or something? I’m not understanding. — Michael Tillmon, Jr. (@hotterthanjuly) October 9, 2014
Trayvon Maryin & Vonderrick Myer jumped from the bushes right after they ran away & were pursued… They don’t even TRY with these stories! — Nettie (@juhneda) October 9, 2014
St. Louis reporter Andy Baker was on site for the aftermath of the shooting. He live-tweeted:
You can follow the situation on Twitter under the hashtag #SHAWSHOOTING
More on this as it develops.