12 March 2015 - Police officers shot during Ferguson protest
2 St. Louis Co. police officers shot during Ferguson protest
Staff (USA Today)
FERGUSON, Mo. — Two St. Louis County Police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday, according to acting Ferguson police chief Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff.
Bob Hoehn, a KSDK-TV photographer, reported two police officers were loaded into ambulances. One was taken immediately to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center and the teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine. The other officer was initially treated on the scene.
In a news conference outside the hospital around 2 a.m. CT, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said one officer was shot in the shoulder and one was shot in the face. Both officers were conscious, he said.
Matt Pearce (The Chicago Tribune)
"These police officers were standing there, and they were shot--just because they were police officers," Belmar told reporters.
A 41-year-old officer from the St. Louis County police department, a 14-year veteran, was shot in the shoulder, while another officer from the Webster Groves police department, age 32, was shot in the face, he said.
Both sustained serious injuries but are conscious, the chief said.
Belmar said a group of officers had been standing directly in front of the police department in Ferguson when shots were fired from an undetermined location to the northwest.
Richie Duchon (NBC News)
The crowd had gathered outside the force's headquarters after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned on Wednesday, joining a string of city officials ousted in the wake of a Justice Department report that found a culture of racism in the police department and city offices.
The report was triggered by the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in August, which set off weeks of sometimes-violent protests in the St. Louis suburb.
It also concluded that police in Ferguson had used excessive and dangerous force and had disproportionately targeted blacks.
Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that the police had fostered a "highly toxic environment" of racism and misconduct that turned the city into a "powder keg."
Erik Eckholm (The New York Times)
Offering the most definitive account yet of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager that stirred racially charged protests across the country, the Justice Department has cleared a Ferguson, Mo., police officer of civil rights violations in the death last August of Michael Brown.
In an 86-page report released Wednesday that detailed and evaluated the testimony of more than 40 witnesses, the Justice Department largely corroborated or found little credible evidence to contradict the account of the officer, Darren Wilson, who is white.
Versions of events that sharply conflicted with Mr. Wilson’s were largely inconsistent with forensic evidence or with the witnesses’ previous statements, the report said. And in some cases, witnesses whose accounts supported Mr. Wilson said they had been afraid to come forth or tell the truth because they feared reprisals from the enraged community.
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