FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters who have for days lined a busy suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have walked from nearby apartments, driven from neighboring communities and flown in from states hundreds of miles away.
Some are young parents carrying infants. Others, college students. Retirees. Professionals taking a break from their jobs.
Some of the protesters said they previously had been shot by police, or know relatives and friends who had been. Michael Johnson, 42, lifted up his shirt to show the scars on his torso that he said he received when he was shot by a St. Louis police officer at age 18, during a confrontation that he said never resulted in charges against him or the officer. Because of the injuries, he said, he had to abandon his dream of joining the Marines.
“That one night cost me my whole future,” said Johnson, standing in front of a looted and burnt-out convenience store. “If I got to die tonight, I don’t mind … I’m dying for a cause.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Ferguson protester claims he is ready to die... (Previously shot by St. Louis police)
Apparently, he has already been shot a St. Louis police. He just happened to live. No charges were filed against him or the officer after the shooting. I guess that shooting a black 18 year-old is no harm, no foul in St. Louis.