Hundreds of protesters gathered at a suburban St. Louis police station on Monday demanding murder charges against an officer who shot to death an unarmed black teenager over the weekend.
Up to 15 people were arrested during the largely peaceful protests, which took place after a night of rioting when demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown, 18, turned violent, St. Louis County police said.
About two dozen businesses were damaged in the rioting overnight, 32 people were arrested, and two officers were injured, police said.
“It breaks my heart,” Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told reporters on Monday. “Last night was the worst night of my life.”
The FBI is looking into any civil rights violations in the case, a spokeswoman for the agency said. St. Louis County police is leading the investigation into the shooting itself.
Jackson said there was plenty of physical evidence and eyewitness testimony. “I really believe we can get to the truth of what happened here,” he said.
Brown’s family has asked for an end to the street violence, according to media reports. They have hired lawyer Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in 2012.
Protesters at Monday’s gathering shouted “Stop the killer cops” and “No justice, no peace.”
Police said Brown was shot on Saturday afternoon after a struggle over a gun in a police car. It was not immediately clear why Brown was in the car. At least one shot was fired during the struggle, and then the officer fired more shots before leaving the car.
Sadly, Benjamin Crump isn’t the only ambulance-chasing race-pimp who is inserting himself into this case. Reverend Al Sharpton is heading to Missouri today and yesterday Eric Holder’s FBI announced they were opening a civil rights investigation into the shooting.
Who is Michael Brown? Why did he die? What really happened?
I don’t have the answers to those questions but it doesn’t really matter. The only thing that matters is that Michael Brown was black and he was killed by a white police officer. Racial politics controls this story now.
Michael Brown is now and hereafter an innocent victim of racist oppression who was murdered in cold blood for the “crime” of being black. The officer who killed him is a cowardly racist. Anything less than a murder conviction for the officer and a huge cash award to Brown’s family will be injustice.
Despite everything else going on in this world right now, the death of Michael Brown is a MAJOR STORY. Reporters must report. Bloviators must bloviate. Politicians must politic. Race pimps must pimp race.
The truth is irrelevant. If the facts fit the racial politics narrative that is convenient but if they don’t fit it won’t change a thing.
Meanwhile, every damn day young black men are murdered by other young black men in this country and nobody gives a fuck. Welcome to Obama’s post-racial America, where the only thing that matters is race.