The Hip Hop community is up in arms over the tragic shooting death of 18-year-old Ferguson, MO native Mike Brown.
Brown was killed in a hail of bullets following a confrontation with a police officer. He allegedly had his arms in surrender as he was gunned down.
A slew of MCs took to their social media accounts to address the senseless killing. Some even posted Brown’s lifeless body lying in a pool of blood in the street.
“RIP Mike Brown the police strikes again that’s y I say F*ck the police every chance I get,” Uncle Murda captioned his IG post.
Soulja Boy paid his condolences on IG, writing, “#ripmikebrown.”
Young Jeezy called for the end of police targeting unarmed children.
“Michael ‘mike mike’’ brown [may] he rest in peace. This gotta stop! Shooting unarmed children. What happen to protecting and serving?” he wrote on Twitter.
Lil Boosie’s Trill Ent. protégé Donkey sent his condolences to the family of Brown and rebuked police brutality.
“#REAL TALK ‘WHEN WILL THIS #FOOLISHNESS STOP #POLICEBRUTALITY #RIPMIKE ‘MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY #LME
“The world must see, unarmed 17yr old boy killed by police shot 8-10 times this needs national attention #RT #RIPMIKE,” he wrote on social media.
David Banner was very expressive in his social media postings on the matter.
“Our situation is more psychological than people will admit. Black kids kill black kids for the same reason cops do. They see no value
“All week I’ve been hearing about cops killing black kids from my people in different cities. Stories that don’t make the news,” he wrote on Twitter.
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.
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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