It seems like this blog has gotten very heavy on Phaedra Parks lately. Yesterday, Phaedra took to her Instagram to share pictures of herself with the family and her thoughts on the tragedy in St. Louis.
During my St. Louis visit, I had the pleasure of meeting #MichaelBrown’s mother Lesley McSpadden. Although, we come from different places & backgrounds, we are very much alike-We are both black women & mothers who deeply love our sons. Unfortunately, she is planning her son’s funeral while I struggle to make sure my sons never know her son’s fate. #fixitjesus #JusticeforMikeBrown #Ferguson #prayforpeace #prayforstlouis #StopPoliceBrutality
I thought I would share that with you as well as some updates on what is going on in St. Louis today as more facts come out on this case. Today, the name of the officer was released as well as some police report details. MSNBC is playing a loop of some security video from the nearby QT that appears to show Mike Brown shoplifting a large box of swisher sweets (cigarellos) valued at $48.99. The person believed to be Mike is shown, with his friend Dorian Johnson who is all over TV giving interviews, leaving the convenience store as the employee, or possibly the owner, attempts to stop him. That video shows Mike turning around and shoving the older man into some shelving and the man cowering. That same QT store was looted and burned to the ground in the resulting riots.
Things have calmed down since they brought in Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway patrol to get things in hand. He seems to be doing a fantastic job.
Police released still images and were planning to release video from the robbery at a QuikTrip store in Ferguson. Officers, were called to the area after a 911 call reporting a “strong-arm robbery” at a nearby convenience store. [This occurred 10 minutes before Brown and Johnson were stopped, according to other reports]
Police have said Brown was shot after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of the men pushed the officer into his squad car, then physically assaulted him in the vehicle and struggled with the officer over the officer’s weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car before the struggle spilled onto the street, where Brown was shot multiple times, according to police.
But a much different story has been told by Dorian Johnson, who says he was walking down the street with Brown when he was shot. He has said the officer ordered them out of the street, then grabbed his friend’s neck and tried to pull him into the car before brandishing his weapon and firing. He says Brown started to run and the officer pursued him, firing multiple times.
The family of Michael Brown is furious over these reports that they feel are simply the police trying to assassinate the charter of their son.
Reverend Johnathan Gentry, who is a very passionate voice with regard to this country’s issues regarding the high number of black males who are killed at a young age, has yet another video going viral today. It is sure cause controversy and I am posting it here without comment. You are welcome to share your thoughts.