St. Louis police officers were, thankfully, unharmed on Wednesday after serving a warrant on a home that erupted into a shooting.
Still, though police shot an armed suspect who had reportedly fled and turned to fire at police officers, a reported 150 “protesters” showed up to belligerently hurl slurs and insults at police and even threw glass bottles and rocks at police before being dispersed with tear gas.
Nine were ultimately arrested as the “protesters” chanted “black lives matter,” the rallying cry for black supremacists throughout the country who insist that people of color should never be held to account for their actions when dealing with police.
Last year, in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Michael Brown was shot and killed after robbing a convenience store and attacking a police officer. Brown was unarmed when he was shot.
On Wednesday, officers were serving a search warrant on a St. Louis home that was believed to be harboring suspects in several crimes. St. Louis police have not yet revealed what crimes the inhabitants were suspected of, but that the warrant was obtained legally.
Upon entering, two suspects fled on foot. One is still unaccounted for and the other, 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey of St. Louis, turned and pointed a handgun at officers before being shot and killed. Both officers were white.
Police Chief Sam Dotson revealed that four handguns and crack cocaine were discovered in the house (including the handgun used by the dead suspect). A man and woman who were also in the house were arrested.
Protesters-turned-rioters converged on the scene and began throwing bottle and rocks at police and screaming at police officers, accusing them of murder. The crowd was finally dispersed and nine were arrested. A vacant home was set ablaze nearby.
“Another youth down by the hands of police,” Dex Dockett, a neighbor, told a reporter. “What could have been done different to de-escalate rather than escalate? They (police) come in with an us-against-them mentality. You’ve got to have the right kind of cops to engage in these types of neighborhoods.”
Fred Price, another neighbor, claimed that he did not believe the St. Louis police account.
“They provoked the situation,” Price said. “Situations like this make us want to keep the police out of the neighborhood. They’re shooting first, then asking questions.”
Dotson claims that the department will soon release video of the officers giving multiple warnings to clear the streets before using teargas.
At what point are police allowed to shoot? Should these officers have kindly stood by as the fleeing suspect shot them? If police are not allowed to shoot a fleeing suspect who has turned to fire on police, what is the point of having police officers at all? If police are disallowed from ever using deadly force, can there be law and order?
Or is it merely that police are never allowed to shoot black suspects who pose an imminent threat?
Of course, if the inverse were true and this thug had turned and shot and killed two police officers, one cannot help but wonder what the community’s reaction would have been.
Those who chant “Black Lives Matter” really mean that black lives matter above all else. For such zealots, the lives of two white police officers, apparently, do not compare to the life of a thug who turned to fire on police.