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Another US black teen shot by police; city mayor says it wasn't like Ferguson shooting

The US police were again at the receiving end of seething public outrage on Wednesday after another black teen was shot dead by a white police in a St Louis suburb in US city of Berkeley, evoking protests and violence. However, the Mayor of Berkeley refused to compare the shooting with Ferguson case, saying it was not the police that initiated it.


Another US black teen shot by police; city mayor says it wasn't like Ferguson shooting

Berkeley: The US police were again at the receiving end of seething public outrage on Wednesday after another black teen was shot dead by a white police in a St Louis suburb in US city of Berkeley, evoking protests and violence. However, the Mayor of Berkeley refused to compare the shooting with Ferguson case, saying it was not the police that initiated it.

"You couldn`t even compare this with Ferguson or the Garner case in New York," Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said.

"Everybody don`t die the same. Some people die because the policeman initiated it some people die because they initiated it, and at this point, our review indicates that the police did not initiate this," said the Mayor.

The Mayor who is himself a black, also sought to praise Berkeley cops, saying that most city officials and police officers in Berkeley are African American and “more sensitive”. 

"Our police officers are more sensitive and it`s because of the black and white relationship, it`s because they interact, so you get a better understanding, that`s why I believe we are different than the city of Ferguson."

The slain teen is said to be 18 year old Antonio Martin, who was shot by the police after he pointed a gun at the cop, said St. Louis Police Department.

The shooting which was captured on a surveillance camera, took place on late Tuesday at a gas station in a St Louis suburb, not too far from Ferguson that became the flashpoint of protest against white cops killing black men after an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead on August 9.

Just after the incident, some 200-300 people gathered at the site and started hurling bricks and fireworks at the police officers, injuring two cops, St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.

Four people have been arrested for assaulting police officers, he said.

The police refers to the black teen as a suspect who was pointing gun at the cop. St. Louis PD also posted the surveillance video and images of the recovered handgun on Twitter.

 

The police claims that according to the video, it was the teenager who first approached the cop with a gun after which the cop fires in self-defense.

"#Berkeley officer retreats, falls back as he fires a shot at #AntonioMartin. Officer takes cover,” says a police tweet.

 

The police have a tough task ahead as Antonio Martin shooting in Berkeley may re-ignite violent protests like those held in the aftermath of Ferguson shooting and the chokehold death of Eric Garner comes.

The shooting comes just few days after a black man shot dead two cops sitting in their patrol car in New Yorkafter having posted anti-police threats on social media.

 

Earlier, the US cities saw widespread protests after two grand juries failed to charge the white cops in Michael Brown shooting and Eric Garner's death.

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