Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab covering housing, architecture, and politics. He previously worked as a senior editor for Architect magazine.
On the one-year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting, officers critically wounded another black man.
Shots rang out in Ferguson, Missouri, where residents and demonstrators gathered on Sunday night to mourn the death of Michael Brown. One year to the day of Brown’s fatal shooting, police shot and critically wounded another black man.
The St. Louis County Police Department confirmed that an officer shot a person after police came under fire. In a press conference, police chief Jon Belmar said that the victim had opened fire on an unmarked police vehicle. Plainclothes officers returned fire. As of this writing, the victim’s name has not been officially released. He is in critical condition.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the father of the victim has identified him as Tyrone Harris Jr., an 18-year-old resident of St. Louis and a friend of Brown’s.
One Ferguson demonstrator, Tony Rice, captured video that appears to show a police officer standing over the body of someone who has been wounded. Rice begs the officer to help him get medical attention. (Rice was detained briefly then released.)
“Please get him some help,” Rice pleads in the video. “He’s bleeding out. Please get him some help.” (Warning: the video contains graphic imagery that may be disturbing.)
In the early hours on Monday morning, columns of heavily armored police descended on protesters, issuing orders to disperse. It was a familiar scene: Activists have clashed periodically with law-enforcement agencies in Ferguson since August 2014. Just as in August and November, peaceful demonstrations yielded to bursts of violence along West Florissant.
In some ways, Ferguson shows that the ongoing national unrest over police shootings has evolved. Police began firing smoke grenades and tear gas, but only after they issued multiple warnings. According to police, they were fired on by criminals who fired dozens of shots. Two dozen gunshots or more could be heard on video recorded on Sunday night.
It is unlikely that the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death will give any greater clarity to the discussion about policing, guns, and violence that has occupied the nations since his death in August. The four officers associated with last night’s shooting, who have been placed on administrative leave as an investigation proceeds, were not wearing uniforms or body cameras.