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August 13th, 2014
08:31 PM ET

Missouri teen shooting highlights racial divide

New details about the moments after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot.

The Ferguson, Missouri police chief tells CNN the officer who shot Brown was treated for a "swollen face" after the shooting. He says the officer is emotionally shaken over what happened that day.

So far, officials are refusing to release the officer's name, citing concerns for his safety. Outrage over Brown's death has exploded into chaos and violence on Missouri's streets for the third straight night.

CNN's David Mattingly has more OutFront.


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  1. albert richardson

    The slaying of an 18-year-old African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri, shows that racism and racial profiling remain a serious everyday problem in parts of America. Some disturbing things will never change.

    September 16, 2014 at 6:32 am | Reply
  2. Margo

    LZ Granderson,CNN contributor feels tired of unarmed dead black people put on trial,ect.How many black teens will die? My answer, it depends on people -themselves.Until they realize respect is a two way street into a one way alley,where anarchy reigns.You americans are very fortunate People in the WORLD. Freedom has a price.

    August 18, 2014 at 9:51 am | Reply
  3. B. Palmer

    I am tired of always hearing the racial card played. It is an easy excuse for defending wrong behavior and deflecting responsibility. My heart is broken for the parents; I have lost a child and know first hand how difficult it is, but the fact is that the teen committed a crime. If the child he shoved would have been injured and the police didn't catch the suspect, they would have been the bad guys and didn't do anything about it because the victim was black. Shooting the suspect – the officer had reason to do so. He didn't wake up that morning saying to himself he was going to kill someone that day. He was a seasoned, experienced officer. The disproportion in the number of officers is also always an issue which has become very tiresome – it is a matter of qualified candidates. Perhaps more people should walk in the shoes of the officers and try to get hired rather than sit there and pass judgment when they have no clue about what it takes to be in law enforcement and the very stressful conditions under which they operate. It is easy to pass judgment from the sidelines based on beliefs rather than facts and experience. My heart goes out to the parents, but also the officer involved. He's being lynched based on the statement of a someone who supposedly saw the same thing – whose to say he's telling the truth? But everyone is automatically believing him because why – he's black and the officer is white. Had this been a black officer who shot the teen, would the issue have risen to the level it has? I feel sorry for white, male officers who try to do their duty – they have to be fearful of fulfilling the duties they were hired to conduct because they are the wrong color.

    August 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  4. Fred Griswold

    One thing they could do in Ferguson is to put some measures on the ballot to make the policemen in Ferguson live in that town, and things like that. Then the police force would reflect the local citizenry better. We tried that years ago in Berkeley and it helped.

    August 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Reply

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