BELLEVILLE - Since Sunday, St. Louis' northwest suburban Ferguson Missouri has been the center of violence, lootings and shootings since the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown.
Ferguson residents not involved in the outbursts tell Illinois Review they are holed up in their homes, traumatized by the sounds of shooting, helicopters and drones, and the sight of SWAT teams and armored vehicles in their normally quiet neighborhoods. Stores they frequent have been looted and burned to the ground by protesters.
Ferguson police will not reveal the policeman that shot Michael Brown, but Wednesday they reported to local news sources that the policeman was injured in the incident. Gateway Pundit reports:
Police said shortly after the shooting that 18-year-old Michael Brown was walking with a friend in the middle of Canfield when an officer attempted to exit his vehicle. Police said Brown pushed the officer back into the police car. According to police, Brown then entered the officer’s vehicle and a struggle ensued over the officer’s weapon. Police said during the physical altercation a shot was fired inside of the car.
Witnesses to the shooting, however, told a different story. A friend of Brown’s told News 4 Saturday they were walking on the street when the officer approached them. He said they had their arms up when police opened fire.
Locals report that violent activity is being inititated by people they believe are from St. Louis proper and said to also be coming from across the Mississippi River - especially East St. Louis.
Tuesday night, a group of 30 protesters gathered in East St. Louis in support of Brown's family. They were met at the Malcom Martin Memorial Park by East St. Louis Mayor Alvin R. Parks Jr and the city's police chief.
Handouts were distributed memorializing the shooting victim Michael Brown.
The protest organizer Lisa Lacy told the Belleville News Democrat that similar police intimidation goes on in East St. Louis and Washington Park, on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.
Lacy said the group's presence was also to highlight "that police brutality is not only happening in St. Louis, but in East St. Louis and Washington Park, too." She said police officers in Washington Park constantly pull guns on people and searching cars without warrants.