The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old African American boy at the hands of a Ferguson, MO police officer drew fiery protests from community residents Saturday.
Mike Brown, known affectionately by family and friends as Mike Mike, was allegedly unarmed when he was gunned down in a hail of 10 bullets.
The large protests prompted the Ferguson Police Department to request the assistance of more than 100 officers from 15 departments, according to KMOV.
During the heated atmosphere, many residents shouted obscenities and threats in a confrontation that lasted several hours.
Many residents held their hands high and told the police: “Don’t Shoot.”
Piaget Crenshaw, 19, reportedly told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she saw a police officer attempting to place Brown in the squad car around 2 p.m. Brown was allegedly shot as he attempted to flee from the officer.
Photos of Brown’s lifeless body lying in the street soon flooded social media.
Brown’s parents were distraught by their son’s tragic passing.
“…You don’t do a dog like that,” Brown’s mother Lesley Mcspadden told KMOV. “You didn’t have to shoot him eight times. If he was doing something to you, and you was trying to stop him, where do the police shoot you? In the leg. You just shot all through my baby body.”
Brown’s stepfather Louis Head was photoed holding a placard, reading, “Ferguson Police Just Executed My Unarmed Son!!!”
Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson told KMOV he was walking from a convenience store with the victim when they were confronted by the officer. The young men allegedly ignored the officer when told to get out of the street.
“He wasn’t causing any harm to nobody,” Johnson said. “We had no weapons on us at all.”
Johnson told St. Louis Fox 2 the officer reached his arm out of his window and grabbed the neck of Brown in an attempt to pull him in the squad car.
Johnson went on to describe the deadly shooting of Brown.
“He [the officer] shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turn around and put his hands in the air,” Johnson told KMOV. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
Brown was a 2014 Normandy High School graduate and scheduled to begin classes at Vatterot College On Monday.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid leave.
Ferguson Police Chief turned the investigation over to the St. Louis County Police.
According to the AP, the St. Louis County NAACP wants the FBI to investigate Brown’s fatal shooting.
Many persons took to social media to mourn Brown’s death:
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