Social media has been flooded with reactions to the shooting death of 18-year-old, St. Louis native, Mike Brown.
Cynthia Bailey: “My heart, prayers, and condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Mike Brown. It is heartbreaking to feel like our young men cannot walk down the street safely without risking their lives. Let us all pray for justice and peace. #MikeBrown #JusticeandPeace #Prayers.”
Monica: “My heart is heavy beyond words for our entire generation and the one to come.. The violence and pain they see & experience is killing them #LITERALLY #GodHelpUsAll #MayJusticeBeServed and #MayPeaceBeRestored for Mr.Louis Head & Ms.Leslie McSpadden this is an unimaginable pain #PrayForOurChildren Reposted this emotional pic from @keyshiacole #TouchedMeDeep.”
Anita Baker: “Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will BE DONE… #MikeBrown.”
Kimora Lee Simmons: “Heart’s broken 2 learn of another young man gunned down by police. Love+Prayers go out 2 his family #RIP #MikeBrown.”
Brown was shot multiple times on Saturday during an encounter with a police officer. According to County Police Chief Jon Belmar, a police officer approached Brown and another man in front of an apartment complex in Ferguson and at some point, one of the men pushed the officer into a squad car. A struggle ensued and a shot was fired inside the car. Police are saying the officer and man were struggling over the cop’s weapon. The scuffle spilled onto the street and that’s when Brown was shot. Witnesses say Brown, who was unarmed, had his hands in the air when shots were fired.
It’s still not clear if Brown was the one involved in the initial tussle. Mike was supposed to start college on Monday.
After news broke, the African-American community was outraged … Protests, riots and looting erupted throughout suburban St.Louis. Several stores were looted, including a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store. People also took items from a sporting goods store and a cellphone retailer, and carted rims away from a tire store.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff photog, David Carson posted these images on Twitter of the riot aftermath:
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