As everyone seems to know at this point, the situation in Ferguson is only going to get worse before it gets better unless a miraculous change occurs soon. Evidence of such came today around 12:20pm when police officers were involved in a fatal shooting just outside of Ferguson, leaving a 23-year-old Black male dead. Per the AP:
“A large crowd has gathered at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after a reported convenience store robbery.
“St. Louis Police Capt. Ed Kuntz says police responded Tuesday after a report of a robbery at the store. Kuntz says the suspect had a knife and refused to drop the weapon.
“Police Chief Sam Dotson says the man was acting erratically and told responding officers to “shoot me now, kill me now.”
“Kuntz says officers opened fire when the man raised the knife and moved toward them.”
For anyone wondering why they didn’t taser the guy, it’s because reportedly tasers aren’t standard issue for St. Louis police, according to MSNBC’s Christopher Hayes. Either way, all reports seem to indicate that the young man had an apparent death wish after witnesses confirm his proclamations and the fact that he moved towards the cops. But with tensions on high, the details of the situation won’t change the circumstances, which now include another dead person.