[VIDEO] Cell Phone Video: St. Louis Police Officer Shoots and Kills Kajieme Powell

Man Shot and Killed by St. Louis Police Officer

On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.

“There is a dangerous dynamic in the night,ヤ he said. モIt allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos.”

Powell was suspected of shoplifting energy drinks and donuts from a convenience store. The shop owner, believing that Powell was carrying a weapon, contacted police. Another witness, Ald. Dionne Flowers, who represents the area and owns a beauty salon in the same block, noticed that Powell was acting erratically and also called police. Flowers told police she saw a second knife, though only one was recovered at the scene.

Ferguson protest at night

Rob Crilly reporting from Ferguson for The Telegraph:

Sam Dotson, St Louis Police Chief, said in a tweet that officers had responded to a call and found an apparently agitated man, armed with a knife who yelled, “Kill me now” before approaching the patrol.

Some bystanders questioned whether the man was armed and said he was accused of stealing two bottles of soda.

An angry crowd grew quickly outside the convenience store where the latest victim died.

Some young men said they planned to burn it down and accused the police of being intent on murdering young black men.

“Why didn’t they use a Taser,” said Germaine Leroy. “What are they shooting for? I’ve been shot with a Taser so I know how it incapacitates.”

The case of Michael Brown, 18, who was unarmed when he was shot dead by a white officer, has polarised the nation. Night after night demonstrators have fought running battles with police who are struggling to maintain control.

Monday brought another tense stand-off and bouts of violence.

Police tried a new tactic – their fourth in little more than a week – lifting a curfew and instead mounting a show of force with five armoured vehicles and riot squads in ranks.

They allowed the bulk of the 2000 protesters to march up and down the pavements of West Florissant Street, epicentre of the trouble, but arrested anyone who strayed into the road or lingered in one place.

The day resembled a carnival as roses were handed out. Nelly, the St Louis-born rapper, visited the site, wearing a T-shirt with the logo #MikeBrown.

Tension rose as darkness fell.

A small number of protesters confronted police. Organisers pleaded with them to turn away but could not prevent water bottles being hurled at the blockade.

Officers responded with snatch squads, racing forward before pinning suspects to the ground at gunpoint. They retreated in seconds.

Antonio French, a local councillor who has helped ease tension all week, said: “This seems a better approach, to come out and arrest a few individuals rather than targeting the whole crowd.”

Then things turned ugly. Gunshots sounded from the QuikTrip convenience store where a hard core – some from Chicago ‘ had gathered.

A low-rider car raced up the street carrying a man who had been shot in the arm.

Police responded to the unrest with volleys of tear gas and smoke bombs. They later said they had come under heavy fire and four officers were wounded but that had fired no shots themselves.

Police exhibited two confiscated hand guns and a petrol bomb.

Capt Ron Johnson, who is in charge of the operation, urged protesters to make their point during daylight.

“There is a dangerous dynamic in the night,ヤ he said. モIt allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos.”

Passions will be further enflamed with a fresh account of the final seconds of Brown’s life along with a video of the immediate aftermath of the killing. The pictures show a body lying in the street as two officers pace back and forth in disbelief.

Piaget Crenshaw supplied her own commentary between sobs as she filmed on a mobile phone: “They killed him,” she said.

Her description of what happened in the seconds leading up to Brown death could yet prove explosive.

“From it all initially happening, I knew this was not right, she told CNN, the channel that released the footage.

“I knew the police shouldn’t have even been chasing this young boy and firing at the same time, and the fact that he got shot in his face, it was something that clicked in me, like, somebody else needs to see this.”

She described a tussle between Brown and an officer later identified as Darren Wilson. When Brown, the bigger man, slipped his grasp the officer gave chase.

The first shot grazed Brownメs arm. When he turned, he was hit repeatedly, she said.

The police account claims that Brown reached for the officer’s gun but Mrs Crenshaw said she could not tell one way or another.

Whatever the exact chain of events, the episode has proved a sobering reminder that electing a black president has not heralded a post-racial society.

The Telegraph – YouTube

 


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