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article imageOp-Ed: Missouri national guard sent into St. Louis area

By Robert Weller     Aug 17, 2014 in Politics
Ferguson - The Missouri national guard was sent into the St. Louis area after reports that a private autopsy revealed a white cop shot a black teen six times. The New York Times got a report of the autopsy.
Meanwhile, the state sent National Guard troops into Ferguson late Sunday after police and protestors clashed for a second straight day. Gov. Jay Nixon said the troops would "help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson."
The autopsy determined 18-year-old Michael Brown was hit six times, four times in the arm and twice in the head.
No evidence has been produced showing the teen had a gun or threatened the policeman. Police and demonstrators clashed again Sunday night.
Attorney Gen. Eric Holder has ordered a federal doctor to perform an autopsy to help determine whether the death was part of a growing trend of heavily armed police killing blacks throughout the nation.
Ferguson, the town where Brown was killed, remained under a state of emergency and curfew during the weekend.
The Times said Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, conducted an autopsy at the family’s request.
The killing has resulted in hundreds of blacks protesting, and in some cases stores were looted. Protests also were reported in other cities throughout the nation.
Blacks have been particularly critical of the tendency of cops to use paramilitary gear against demonstrators, treating them like they were terrorists. Several journalists were arrested and roughed up, and rubber bullets and tear gas were fired at a television news crew.
“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1,” Dr. Baden said in an interview with the Times after performing the autopsy. “They don’t do that, even as feelings built up among the citizenry that there was a cover-up. We are hoping to alleviate that.”
It also remains unclear why the policeman, whose identity was kept secret for several days, shot Brown. Police released a video surveillance tape suggesting Brown had been involved in the theft of $48.99 in cigarillos from a store, but admitted the officer who shot him did not know he was a suspect.
Police declined to comment, saying they had not seen the report. They have contended Brown assaulted officer Darren Wilson, and the cop needed hospital treatment for swelling in his face.
The officer was identified as 28-year-old Wilson after Anonymous said it would identify him, but offered a slightly different last name.
Police say Wilson has been threatened and has gone into hiding.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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