St. Louis Police Shooting Fans the Flames: State of Emergency – Ferguson, Missouri (Dispatch 2)

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On August 19, Kajieme Powell, 25, was killed by police on the north side of St. Louis. Officers said that Powell was a robbery suspect and was brandishing a knife at the time he was shot.

This latest police killing comes 10 days after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown just four miles away in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s shooting by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9 launched a series of daily protests that have led Ferguson to become a flashpoint for racism and police brutality in America.

VICE News headed from Ferguson to northern St. Louis to talk to witnesses about what happened during Powell’s shooting death, their reaction to the situation in Ferguson, and to a police officer about racism in the force.

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