Black lawmakers want DOJ to investigate St. Louis police | TheHill

The shooting on Saturday of Michael Brown, 18, raises “potentially serious concerns” about law enforcement in St. Louis, the lawmakers said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.Brown’s killing “may be part of a continuing pattern of the use of deadly force by police against unarmed African-Americans,” wrote Rep. Marcia Fudge D-Ohio, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Reps. Lacy Clay D-Mo. and John Conyers D-Mich..Brown, who was going to start college this week, was shot after a confrontation with an officer.Both the police department and eyewitnesses agree that the officer pulled up alongside Brown as he walked on the sidewalk, but there are conflicting accounts about what happened next, according to The St. Louis Dispatch.St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Brown “physically assaulted” the officer, pushing him back into his car and trying to take his weapon.“There was at least one shot fired within the car. After that the officer went back, came back out of the car, he exited his vehicle, and there was a shooting that occurred where the officer in fact shot the subject, and … they were fatal injuries,” Belmar said.

 

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