We are still learning the details of Vonderrit Myers’ fatal shooting by a white St. Louis police officer, but one thing is clear: Many African Americans question the police version of events. Given the history of police officers across the country falsifying evidence against those they arrest, African Americans have every reason to view police justification of deadly force with a suspicious eye.

According to St. Louis Police Department Chief Sam Dotson, a 32-year-old St. Louis police officer, who has not been identified, was working a secondary job for a private security firm when he encountered Myers last Wednesday evening. Dotson claims Myers shot at the officer, forcing him to return fire that fatally wounded the 18-year-old. Police said the officer fired at least 17 rounds; Myers was hit seven or eight times, according to St. Louis city medical examiner Michael Graham. [Read more]

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