Black off-duty St. Louis officer shot by white officer
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 6:45
"This is the first time that we are aware, that a black professional, in law enforcement, himself being shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street". Police say the vehicle was stolen from Maryland Heights on June 15.
St. Louis police initially said the officer, who is black, was shot by another cop - who is white - in an incident of "friendly fire" during a shootout with suspects. A 17-year-old suspect was treated after being shot in the ankle. "This is a real problem".
The wounded officer, who is 38 years old and has been with the department 11 years, was taken to a hospital and later released.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole originally told reporters that the off-duty officer had come out of his home after a auto that was reported stolen crashed nearby, and that he was hit in the crossfire between officers and the suspects who had been inside the vehicle. Three people in the vehicle fired shot at officers.
"We have a police officer standing in his own yard, who hears the commotion from the auto crash on the block, comes out, and has a conversation with some of the officers on the scene who are pursuing the stolen vehicle - and he winds up getting shot!"
The off duty officer lives in the area and came outside to assist his fellow officers when he heard the commotion. He complied with the order and as soon as the officers recognized him they told him to stand up and asked him to come toward them.
Louis police officer is recovering Thursday morning after he was struck by gunfire Wednesday night (June 21).
As he reached the scene, the off-duty cop was ordered to the ground by two officers. There was gunfire exchanged earlier between the officers and occupants of the stolen vehicle so the officers on the scene had their weapons drawn when the auto stopped. It is unclear whether his shooter was placed on administrative leave. "We can see this is a real problem".
"In the police report, you have so far, there is no description of threat he received". But this has been a national discussion for the past two years. "There is this perception that a black man is automatically feared", the attorney concluded.
But another officer, an unnamed 36-year-old who has been with the department for 8 years, arrived at the scene and immediately opened fire.