Young Thug let a lot of his people down during his interview with Bossip at the BET Hip Hop Awards. The city of Ferguson, MO is currently in upheaval following protests over the tragic shooting death of college bound teen Mike Brown.
The Atlanta rapper was asked his thoughts on Brown and the policing of black men in America.
“Leave that up with the critics and the laws,” he said. “We having fun, we iced out. We having money, that’s how we doing it.”
He then said it’s not in an artist’s place to speak on social issues.
His words drew swift backlash from the St. Louis community. A meme circulated throughout social media with stinging words reserved for the “Lifestyle” rapper.
“Since you don’t give a f-ck about us and our situation…Keep yo b-tch a-- out the Lou! That money done went to yo head lil b-tch…This yo only ‘Warning’ f-ck boy…We still Show- Me State…Don’t make us show you,” the post read.
Thug attempted to make amends with the city by paying homage to Brown IG, writing, “I love BLACK People RIP #MIKEBROWN RIP #BENNIE!!!
But his words fell on deaf ears.
Brown, affectionately known by family and friends as Mike Mike, was unarmed when he was gunned down in a hail of bullets.
An independent autopsy report requested by the Brown family reveals the Brown was shot six times, including twice in the head.
Brown was also shot four times in his right arm. Brown’s gunshot wounds were in the front of his body, silencing all speculation he was shot in the back by officer Darren Wilson.
The private autopsy report was conducted by famed pathologist Michael Baden.
This is one of three autopsy reports to be conducted. Attorney General Eric Holder authorized an additional autopsy by the Justice Department at the request of the Brown family.
Reports conflict on what led to Brown’s shooting death.
Ferguson police are alleging Brown struggle with the officer over his gun.
A male eyewitness provided first-hand account on the deadly police shooting that claimed Brown’s life.
“He [the police officer] kicked the door open, tried to hit [Mike Brown] with the door,” the eyewitness explained. “The door flew back, hit his leg. He pulled his gun out, shot inside the car… tried to hit him. He got out his car. Dude [Mike Brown] on his knees like this like ‘Bruh don’t shoot me.’ Dude shot him dead in the head. Then walked up to his body, shot him four more times. Looked at his eyes, paused for a min, shot him four more times.
The eyewitness alleged Brown didn’t run from the police.
“Motherf*ckers talking about he running from the police,” he explained. “For one, his shorts way down here. He got on flip-flops. How the f-ck he running from the police? Ferguson market up here. They talking about he stole some rellos.”
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.
Officer Darren Wilson has been placed on paid leave.
A grand jury has been selected to decide whether Wilson will be indicted for killing Brown. Jurors have until early January to make a decision on Wilson’s fate. St. Louis Count Prosecutor Bob McCulloch told the Washington Post a decision could be reached in November.
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