WHITE POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS YOUNG BLACK MAN IN A PARKING LOT IN BERKELEY, MISSOURI: POLICE SAY MAN WAS ARMED

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A Berkeley, Missouri police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black man in the parking lot of a Mobile convenience store late last night. Police claim the man, identified through family members, as Antonio Martin, had his arm stretched out and was pointing a gun at the officer, “putting it straight out at the officer kind of from across the hood,” according to Police Chief Jon Belmar. A store video depicting the scene, shows two males standing in front of the entrance in front of a parked white vehicle; one of them walks behind the car and appears to start leaving the scene when the other man joins him just as a squad pulls into the lot and stops. From this point on, the video doesn’t clearly (if at all) depict what happens next (The video needs to be enhanced, or there may be a separate video on the side of the store with a better angle). Mixed reports regarding the reason why police arrived at the scene cite “routine patrol” and responding to possible larceny as possibilities. Police claim a 9 mm pistol was recovered from the victim. Between 200 and 300 protestors had gathered at the scene by the early morning hours with some reports of arrests and property damage. The officer who shot Martin had prior use of force incident in either 2011 or 2012 according to Belmar; he has been placed on routine administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The Mayor of Berkeley, Theodore Hoskins, stressed that Berkeley was different from Ferguson saying that he is black and so are many other city officials and further, “It appears that the deceased was pointing a gun at the police officer.” Antonio’s mother, Toni-Martin-Green, was reported to have said that it didn’t make any sense for the police to “kill my son like this.”

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  1. sopusa,net says

    UPDATE: In the midst of multiple protests over the shooting of Martin, many people have raised the issue of whether he received appropriate and timely medical care following the shooting. City officials have responded with a timeline of events as follows: Dispatch received a call concerning an alleged shoplifting incident at the Mobile gas station at 11:11 p.m. and came into contact with Martin at 11:14 and that he was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m. by medical personnel. Since the shooting, multiple witnesses have said that Martin had pointed a gun at the officer.

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