Local reaction to Missouri teen killing

Local reaction to Missouri teen killing

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Amid calls for peace tonight, August 11, near St. Louis, Missouri where a teenager was killed by the police, violence broke out again tonight as angry residents call for answers.

The attorney for the victim's family called his death an execution. 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday night, August 9, in the city of Ferguson.   Some witnesses say brown's hands were in the air when he was shot. But police say brown assaulted the officer and tried to get his weapon.

"I don't want to sugarcoat it. Their baby was executed in broad daylight, and that's why people are so outraged. That's why people are frustrated, because they're saying "yet again, one of our children executed before he even becomes a man," says Benjamin Crump, the Brown family attorney.

News Leader 9 spoke with Rev. Francys Johnson, director of the NAACP for the state of Georgia, who was in Columbus. He says this is a tragedy but is calling for protesters to stay peaceful.

"Anytime there is a loss of life needlessly, it's a concern to the NAACP. We will be taking action here in Georgia to make sure that citizens have a way of voicing their concerns and challenging powers to be and also channeling their passions. We don't agree with riots or violent protests but at the same time, the people have simply had enough of their children being shot to death on the public streets of United States," says Johnson

Sunday night, August 10, demonstrations in the city of Ferguson turned violent with angry protestors looting area stores.

The FBI and federal civil rights investigators have opened an inquiry into the shooting.

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