August 19th, 2014
09:19 PM ET

Russell Simmons: "There's an us vs. them mentality" in Ferguson

Officials in Ferguson, Missouri are bracing for another night of violence as frustration mounts over the unarmed black teen shot and killed by police.

Protests continue to spiral out of control at least 74 people were arrested Monday night. Demonstrators hurled rocks, bottles, and molotov cocktails at police who used tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Four officers were injured and two protesters shot, though not by police.

Earlier Tuesday, St. Louis police shot and killed another black man, just miles from Ferguson. In this case, police say a 23-year-old man allegedly stole from a convenience store, then approached two officers with a knife and said, "Shoot me now, kill me now."

The officers asked the man to stop and drop his knife before they fired.

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons is OutFront. In an opinion piece on Huffington Post, Simmons explains his ideas for how Ferguson can heal relations between the black community and police.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "Build your own pyramids. Write your own hieroglyphics."

    August 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Reply

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