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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Unarmed Black Men Killed by Law Enforcement - The Root
The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., reopens a fresh wound just weeks after a police chokehold killed Eric Garner in New York City.
BY: JENÉE DESMOND-HARRIS
Oscar Grant; Eric Garner; Wendell Allen
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Michael Brown, 18, was on his way to his grandmother's house in Ferguson, Mo.--a surburb just outside of St. Louis -- on August 9, 2014 when a series of events would claim his life.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some reports indicate that Brown and the police officer who's accused of shooting him engaged in an initial struggle for an officer’s gun inside a patrol car before the teen was shot. But a 19-year-old witness told the paper that she saw a police officer attempting to place Brown in the rear seat of a police car. She then saw Brown trying to flee the car, with his hands in the air, while multiple shots were fired at him.
Brown planned to start college on Monday, August 11.