The St. Louis Post-Dispatch put together a great map (of an awful topic) documenting homicides as of October 21 2014 (not all of them are shootings, but lists some beatings, stabbings, arson as well)
This map gives details on homicides in the St. Louis area in 2014.
Yellow: St. Louis city murders.Red: St. Charles, Jefferson and St. Louis County murders.Light blue: Metro East murders.Purple: Murders the Post-Dispatch covered despite them having occurred on fringe or outside of newspaper’s coverage area.Green: Homicides ruled to be justified.Brown: Fatal shootings by police.
I counted 199 homicides listed on the map as of October 21. (see blog post here)
Violence was an issue before Mike Brown was killed. There were police shootings, criminal shootings, community vigils against violence, all before the media arrived.
NOTE: the above map lists only homicides, but articles below are A) edited by me and B) not all shootings lead to death and therefore are not listed above. I am only documenting police shootings below.
1) December 19, 2013 St. Louis police chief calls for FBI probe into officer-involved shooting
But no civilian witness reported seeing Ball point the gun at the officers. There is no video of what happened.
The department’s investigation concluded Nov. 15 that the officers were justified in killing Ball after he pointed a .40 caliber Glock at them.
in a rare move, Police Chief Sam Dotson has requested that the FBI review his department’s handling of the case. He also met with Ball’s mother, Toni Taylor, and gave her a copy of the police report.
“Some paths are very clear to me, and with this one, I want to make certain that we are right,” Dotson said in a recent interview.
Finishing his first year as chief, Dotson said he had never made this kind of request before and believed it had happened only a few times in the department’s history.
Taylor clings to a certificate her son earned before his death as proof that he had turned his life around. It declares Ball an “Emerging Scholar” at Forest Park Community College, because of his 3.86 grade-point average.
The day he was supposed to receive the certificate, he was buried.
2) February 12, 2014 Police Shooting
They came around a corner and saw the man pointing his gun at them. Two officers, “in fear of their safety” opened fire, according to a police department account of the incident.
The man was hit in the head. He was alive when taken to the hospital, died from his injuries, police said.
Police recovered a gun and narcotics from the scene.
The officers were not injured. The department identified them as a 35-year-old officer with 10½ years on the force and a 32-year-old officer with eight years on the force. The officers were placed on administrative leave, as is department policy in officer-involved shootings.
3) February 13, 2014 Police Shooting
JENNINGS • A 39-year-old Jennings man who was shot by St. Louis County police has been criminally charged after police say he fired at them Wednesday during an undercover drug investigation.
Three officers then converged on the drug deal wearing badges and vests identifying them as police officers and tried to arrest George, when he drew a pistol from his waistband and pointed it at them. The officers then chased George on foot before George opened fire on them, according to the documents.
Officers then returned fire, striking George, who was then taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and is currently in stable condition, police said.
Police recovered about 56 grams of marijuana and a gun from George.
4) February 13, 2014 Police Shooting
Another police car was on the scene for an unrelated call. The suspect saw that police car and got out of his vehicle and ran, flourishing a gun and turning towards officers, Sack said. Three of the four officers at the scene fired shots and the suspect fired back, hitting him in the hip, thigh, back and hand.
Police recovered the gun as well as cash believed to be stolen from the store, Sack said.
This is the third officer-involved shooting in the St. Louis area in two days. On Wednesday, St. Louis police said they fatally shot Stephen Averyhart, 27, after he pointed a gun at them during a chase.
On Wednesday night, St. Louis County detectives shot a man in Jennings during a drug investigation. Police opened fire on Brothel George, 39, after they said he pointed a handgun at them. He was in stable condition Thursday.
“It’s a situation not created by our officers,” Sack said. “The officers certainly have a right to defend themselves, as well as protect the citizens of the neighborhood. It’s a dangerous job.”
April 17, 2014 Murder charge filed against accomplice of robber killed by St. Louis County police (yes that’s right, he was charged with murder after police shot his accomplice after a robbery)
Jabari Quarles, of St. Louis, was charged with murder after his alleged accomplice in a robbery was fatally shot by police.
FENTON • Police say Claudell Webb Jr. and Jabari A. Quarles tied up two workers inside a Fenton check cashing store Wednesday morning during a robbery before one of the fleeing robbers pointed a gun at St. Louis County police officers and was fatally shot.
5) April 17, 2014 Police Shooting
ST. CHARLES • A 52-year-old man was shot and killed by a St. Charles police officer Wednesday night, police say.
Witnesses told police that the man, who has been identified as Martin G. Brown, was threatening neighbors. He had set off fireworks, which caused a fire, police said.
When officers arrived on scene, Brown began threatening them with a knife and a handgun. Police tried to negotiate with the man, telling him to drop the weapons. When he did not comply, officers used a Taser on Brown, but it was ineffective.
Brown continued to threaten the officers and moved toward them with the weapons, and an officer shot him.
Brown was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured.
The police officer who shot Brown was a 13-year veteran; he was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
6) April 30, 2014 Police shooting
Witnesses told police the suspect jumped over a fence behind a nearby business. Officers responded to the 4900 block of San Francisco, where they found the suspect running west with a gun in his hand.
The officers chased the suspect, who turned around and pointed a gun towards them. The suspect refused to drop his weapon and officers opened fire, hitting the suspect several times. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. His gun, two fully loaded magazine clips and money was recovered.
ST. CHARLES • A man who said he used his iPhone to record St. Charles police interacting with an upset woman has filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming that officers illegally detained and assaulted him, and erased the video from his phone.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on behalf of Kyle Hamilton, 26, formerly of St. Charles. It seeks unspecified financial damages and costs of the suit.
Hamilton, who now lives in New York, alleges that St. Charles and two officers identified in court documents only as “John Doe” and “Jane Roe” violated his rights on Aug. 16, 2013, as he stood with friends on a public sidewalk along Main Street.
“It’s a situation where I know the law and I wish — I would hope — that those that enforce the law are also aware of it,” Hamilton said in an interview Tuesday.
He said he started recording after observing a St. Charles officer chase after a woman on Main Street and push her to the pavement.
One of the officers, on horseback, saw Hamilton recording and grabbed him by his shirt collar, “choking him, bruising his neck and ripping his shirt,” the suit says.
7) July, 5, 2014 Police Shooting
ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A Pine Lawn police officer fatally shot a man who fled after a traffic stop and then struggled with the officer, St. Louis County Police said Saturday.
Police have not released the name of the man who died. (BiasedReporter’s note: He was ID’ed here on July 7)
County Police detectives are handling the investigation of the shooting that happened about 3 a.m. near Interstates 170 and 70.
St. Louis County Police Sgt. Colby Dolly gave this account of what happened:
The incident started in Pine Lawn with a traffic stop along westbound Interstate 70 and Jennings Station Road. After police stopped a car with a wanted person alert on the license plate, the car prematurely left the scene and a Pine Lawn officer pursued the car until it crashed on Interstate 170 at the Interstate 70 interchange.
The driver then ran with and the officer ran after him, Dolly said. The officer was able to catch the driver and a struggle ensued when the officer tried to take him in custody. During the struggle, the officer shot the driver.
8) July 9, 2014 Police Shooting
Dawon Gore, a St. Louis County police officer, was charged with assault after allegedly hitting a man with his baton without cause.
Gore hit Wilson so hard, court documents allege, that Wilson suffered three broken fingers and required surgery.
Gore took Wilson into the MetroLink platform office, held him there for 90 minutes and refused to get medical attention for him, Belmar said. Then, Gore took him home.
Gore didn’t tell his supervisor about the incident or write a police report, Belmar said.
again see difference compared to Darren Wilson, “Authorities said they won’t release the video to reporters because it is evidence in the case”
“This alleged unprovoked use of force outside the bounds of department policy and without cause cannot be tolerated,” the chief said.
Second-degree assault is a felony in Missouri, punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Video surveillance and information from witnesses helped make the case against Gore, authorities say. Authorities said they won’t release the video to reporters because it is evidence in the case. The video showed Gore and Wilson on the platform, but the alleged attack took place out of the view of the camera, authorities say.
“Officer Darren Wilson is White, I am a Black Officer. Wilson didn’t do a report, I also chose not to do a report. Both subjects were black males, Wilson’s subject had cigars but was unarmed and my subject was found not to be armed as well. Wilson drew a weapon (gun), and I drew my metal baton.”
April 26, 2014
jail records obtained by the newspaper last week show that police and jailers knew within nine days that they had arrested and incarcerated Jones on another man’s warrant. Yet they continued to hold him for two months more.
Jones was one of about 100 men and women identified in a Post-Dispatch investigation to have been jailed by mistake in the city in recent years, some of them for months.
April 8, 2014
There were three community protests (from December 2013 to May 2014) against criminal gun violence (“black on black crime”), one is an annual vigil that is 22 years old.
December 31, 2013
The Week of Prayer to Curb Violence will continue with events throughout the week.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police.
On August 19, 2014 Kajieme Powell was shot and killed by police.
On December 23, 2014 Antonio Martin was shot and killed by police.
RIP. We won’t stop until we get justice.