“It Burns So Bad!” St. Louis Protesters Pepper Sprayed By Police While Preparing For “Ferguson October”

October 13, 2014  |  

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From BlackVoices

Police officers, some of them outfitted in riot gear, clashed with hundreds of angry protesters early Friday morning in a St. Louis neighborhood where a black teenager had been killed by an off-duty police officer this week.

Some demonstrators in the crowd burned American flags, smashed the windows of cars and businesses, and allegedly threw a knife at a police officer on the scene, striking him in his body vest. At several points, gunshots could be heard in the distance.

It was the second night in a row that protesters came out following the Wednesday shooting death of Vonderrit Myers Jr., an 18-year-old who was facing weapons charges and wearing an ankle monitor. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has said that investigators found a gun on the scene and evidence that at least three shots had been fired in the direction of the officer. The demonstrations came ahead of a weekend of planned protests in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9. Organizers predict that thousands of people from across the nation will gather to participate in “Ferguson October,” a series of events surrounding Brown’s death and the broader issues it has raised. The headline event is a march scheduled for Saturday morning in downtown St. Louis.

Read more about the protests at BlackVoices.com 

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  • tolletty

    somebody show me when the “protesters” work and from where they receive the money, my question is simple ,if you don’t work not eat (only if you have welfare and food stamps)I wake up everyday from Monday to Friday and paid tax for give benefits to a bunch of people who never work harder and only cry for HealthCare, discrimination, and do nothing for progress themselves in a country with lot a opportunity’s for everyone who broke his back as worker

  • SlimveggieLuv

    This guy was not innocent he fired 3 shots at the officer. They should’ve been protesting when that unarm mentally ill man was killed by the police in north st louis

  • enlightenment

    The scariest part of this all is that we all know, deep down inside, that Vonderrit Myers will not be the last innocent black male that a white cop will kill. There will be plenty more to come.

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    lord ! keep your hands over these innocent ppl. protect them from the evil police that’s lurking about just waiting to kill again.

    • too_real

      It’s going to take a little more than the “lord” to save black people. Trust this.