After saying that the name of the officer who shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown would be released by noon on Tuesday, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson reversed himself, saying that the name would not be released unless a decision to file charges in the shooting is made.
“The value of releasing the name is far outweighed by the risk of harm to the officer and his family,” Jackson said citing death threats that have been made against the officer on social media.
Confrontations continued on Tuesday between police and angry members of the predominately black neighborhood where the white officer shot Brown several times on Saturday. Police used tear gas to break up a crowd of protesters on Tuesday night with some of the protesters alleging that police also fired rubber bullets at them. Police have not confirmed the use of the non-lethal ammunition.
The New York Times reported two shootings in the area that have not been positively linked to the ongoing unrest over Brown’s death. In one incident, a woman was wounded in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting and in the other police were said to have shot a man who had pulled a gun on an officer.
In an earlier protest on Tuesday, demonstrators marched on the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office with their hands raised over their heads and chanting “don’t shoot,” imitating the circumstances under which Brown’s friend has said Brown was killed.
Brown was to have begun technical school this week and his parents insist that they never had any problems with him and that he had always been a “good boy.”
At a press conference on Monday, Michael Brown Sr. told reporters:
“He was a good boy, he didn’t deserve none of this. None of it. We need justice for our son.”
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the FBI is conducting its own investigation, stressing that it is not intended to supplant the local investigation and that the agency is cooperating with local authorities who are sharing information with them.
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h/t: Huffington Post