A black teenager was shot and killed by police officers who claim he had pointed a gun at them in a crime-troubled area of St. Louis on Wednesday.
Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, of St. Louis, had been fleeing from officers who were serving a search warrant at a home on the north side of the city, according to the city’s police chief. The police say they found another three guns and crack cocaine at the house.
As protesters gathered at the scene later in the day, there were chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ – the mantra which came into use a year ago after the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, which is around eight miles away. There were also scenes of confrontation as protesters threw bricks and bottles at police.
Ball-Bey’s cousin DeAndre Cody confirmed the teenager worked at FedEx and was headed to college in the fall and planned to study to become an engineer.
Cody told DailyMail.com:’He was an intelligent, respectful young man. He worked at FedEX. He was killed in his uniform. We just can’t believe it.’ He added on Twitter: ‘RIP to my cousin “Man Man” another black unarmed male killed in STL. Man I’m sick about this! Man Man just graduated high school! He wasn’t even in the streets like that. Read more