Finally someone with some sense…wants the facts first.
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Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins held a press conference early Wednesday morning and quickly dispelled the racial overtones to an overnight shooting involving a white officer and a black teen. “We are different from the City of Ferguson,” he said emphatically. “Jumping to conclusions without investigating is not acceptable.”
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was questioning the 18-year-old and another man about a theft late Tuesday at a convenience store in Berkeley when the young man pulled a 9mm handgun on him. The officer stumbled backward but fired three shots, one of which struck the victim, Belmar said.
Berkeley is just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9. Brown’s death sparked weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations and a grand jury’s decision to not charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting has spurred a nationwide movement to protest police brutality.