Another Black Youth Gunned Down By a White Policeman in St. Louis



A Scene Reminiscent Of the Michael Brown Shooting Case

On Wednesday night, there was a rerun of the infamous Michael Brown shooting incident that had taken place in Ferguson when another young man identified as Vonderrit Myers Jr. and tentatively aged 18, was gunned down by a white policeman in St. Louis. The police officer was said to be off duty when he shot the allegedly unarmed youth. As soon as news spread, a large crowd gathered there. The police officer defended the action by saying that the man had fired on the officer during a routine “pedestrian check,” and the officer retaliated in self defense. He was also in his uniform at that time. However, a cousin,Teyonna Meyers, aged 23, and a resident of Florissant, Mo. who were accompanying the deceased said that there was no weapon, and that the boy was simply carrying a sandwich.

Police Officer Not Hurt In the Shooting

According to police statements, a gun has been discovered from the spot of the incident. While the dead man was around 18 years old, the white police officer is aged around 32 and has been with the police force for the last 6 years. St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said in an email, “The investigation is ongoing.”  The incident happened quite close to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and while the man has been identified as Vonderrit Myers Jr., some sources have spelled his name as Vonderrick as well. Meanwhile, Teyonna Meyers stood by her remark that the boy had just a sandwich and nothing else, which has led people to question the veracity of the police officer’s claims. She said, “He had a sandwich in his hand and they thought it was a gun.  It’s like Michael Brown all over again.”

Antonio French Saddened by Reoccurrence of Ferguson-like Incident

The alderman of St. Louis, who was at the very forefront of protests during the shooting of Michael Brown, and who had taken to social media to register his protests commented on Twitter, “At the scene of yet another young man’s death. This happens too often in our city. It’s a crisis that we should all be concerned about.” French also said that the mother of the deceased was present at the time of his death, and she had to see her child dying in front of her eyes. French remarked that the problem is not confined to a particular city; rather, it was a problem for all of St. Louis and the country.


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