CCTV shows moment black teen, 18, raises and points loaded gun at St Louis cop before being shot dead as mayor says this is ‘different’ from Ferguson shooting

Antonio Martin Shooting - Photo by St. Louis County Police

A black teenager has been shot dead by a police officer at a gas station only a few miles from where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri – and surveillance footage apparently shows him pointing his gun at the cop before he was killed.

The victim, named by relatives as Antonio Martin, 18, was killed at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road in Berkeley at about 11.15pm on Tuesday.

Toni Martin, who has disputed the police account of the killing, was heard crying ‘that’s my baby,’ as she pointed towards his body under a yellow sheet, while hundreds of people descended on the area, detonating explosives and throwing bricks at officers in protest of police brutality.

But speaking about the death on Wednesday morning, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said that the incident should not draw comparisons with the death of Michael Brown, who was unarmed and whose death was not caught on camera. Mayor Hoskins, who himself is black, added that Berkeley has a predominantly African American police force so his officers are more sensitive to race relations than officers in Ferguson.

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1 thought on “CCTV shows moment black teen, 18, raises and points loaded gun at St Louis cop before being shot dead as mayor says this is ‘different’ from Ferguson shooting”

  1. Prime example of yet another moron who got himself killed and the whole community screams “Racism!” His momma says “The police was messing with him and he was just trying to get up and run” but why did he feel the need to run? If he had done nothing wrong, was there quietly with his girlfriend and the officer was “messing” with him, why didn’t he just smile and shrug it off? And, if he was such a “good young man,” why did he have the gun in the first place? As my father always said, “If you carry a weapon, be prepared to use it.” No one is going to stand idly by and let themselves become a statistic. An armed man is going to defend himself with equal force when threatened so what was this punk thug thinking?

    The difference between this incident and Ferguson is that this one was caught on camera. Momma doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The little punk pulled a loaded weapon on a police officer with a loaded weapon. What did he think was going to happen? Did he honestly believe this was going to go down like it does in a video game? It’s unfortunate but the little punk thug got what he had coming. Yes, this young man opted out of life way too soon but he chose the violent path first. I think that single frame from the gas station camera says it all.

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