Racial tensions spiked again yesterday after a black man was shot by a police officer during a routine interaction. Too bad for those wishing to use the incident to further the anti-cop agenda, the incident was caught on tape, showing the suspect clearly pointing a gun at the officer.
It all started when a Berkeley police officer approached two men, one of whom was Antonio Martin, 18, at a Berkeley, Missouri Mobil gas station. According to the Associated Press:
County police spokesman Sgt. Brian Schellman says a Berkeley police officer was conducting a routine business check at a gas station around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when he saw two men and approached them.
Schellman says one of the men (Martin) pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer. The officer fired several shots, striking and fatally wounding the man. Schellman says that the second person fled and that the deceased man’s handgun has been recovered.
Surveillance camera footage has since been released of the occurrence, where Martin can be seen raising a gun in the direction of the officer before the video pauses as not to show the undoubtedly graphic content that came next.
The Berkeley Police Department immediately made a call to St. Louis County Police to help handle the situation, as it quickly dissolved on account of yet another black man dying at the hands of police. As a crowd of about 200 (with some reports indicating as low as 60 and others as high as 300) culminated at the gas station, police struggled, but with about “50 police cars” present, they were ultimately able to maintain the situation outside of the regular acts of obnoxiousness (i.e. smashed cop car windows).
Courtesy of Mad World News