A Missouri community is calling for action after a police officer reportedly shot and killed an unarmed teen.
The shooting happened about 2:15 p.m. Saturday when a black teenager, identified by witnesses as 18-year-old Michael Brown, was reportedly walking back from a nearby store when he was approached by police in Ferguson, near St. Louis.
“Witnesses say the officer grabbed him around the neck and tried to pull him into the car, then repeatedly shot the youth," KTVI reported.
Not long after that, pictures of the teen’s dead body flooded social media — they show the young man face down in a pool of blood.
St. Louis County NAACP President and Missouri Rep. Esther Haywood released a statement saying, “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenage boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement, especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York, who was killed for selling cigarettes.”
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told reporters the St. Louis County police department is currently in control of the investigation. He also said the officer who reportedly shot and killed Brown is on paid administrative leave.