Family members and witnesses say cops are lying about the “suicide” of an 18-year-old black man who died after a shootout with police in a neighboring town to Ferguson, Missouri. Police in Normandy, Missouri, say Amonderez Green ran away from police after shooting at them and then killed himself. But witnesses say Green was shot in the face by cops, with some claiming the teenager was unarmed.
You can watch a video of the incident above.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cops Say They Tried to Taser Green but the Device Had No Effect
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Normandy police were called to assist a “suicidal subject” on the afternoon of October 28 at the 5800 block of Bermuda Drive in the town. After cops reached Green, attempts to calm him failed, and the teen began to shoot at officers, who returned fire, according to the Normandy Police Department. An attempt to use a taser on Green failed, cops say. After that, the teenager fled the scene, cops say. The official line says that “out of sight,” Green committed suicide. In a statement, the Normandy Police Department said “it appears at this time that the male was not struck by law enforcement gunfire.”
KSDK’s Jacob Long reports that Normandy police officers don’t wear body cameras.
2. One Witness Said the ‘Whole Right Side of [Green’s] Face’ Was Gone
Numerous witnesses have come forward to dispute the official story from police. Speaking to the Huffington Post, an unnamed woman said she “heard approximately six gunshots ring out. I yelled and told my daughter to get down. He was right at eye level as [the officer] shot him. It was not a suicide. At all.” Another woman told the website, “While he was running, he turned around to face the police and that’s when he got shot in the face. I saw his body drop. They shot him in the face, his whole right side of his face was gone, his top lip was gone.”
3. Ferguson Police Officers Were on Scene at the Shooting
Police officers from the controversial Ferguson Police Department were on the scene where Green died. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that FPD Chief Andre Anderson refused to speculate on the exact role that his officers played at the scene. A spokesperson for the Normandy Police Department told St. Louis Public Radio that it was a Normandy cops who opened fire at the scene.
In August 2014, the Ferguson Police Department was thrust into the global spotlight when officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teen Michael Brown dead in the town. It resulted in protests across the world and a complete reshaping of the department. Wilson was later found not guilty by several investigations but further studies showed inherent racism within the force.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 66 percent of Normandy is African-American.
4. Green’s Dad Said the Official Story Is a ‘Complete Lie’
In an Instagram video that was uploaded just after the shooting, Green’s father, Jermell Simpson, said, “I apologize for cussin’, but that’s the only damn son I got. When he started running, Ferguson [police] started shooting.” Simpson went on to blame the shooting on the Ferguson Police Department. “We even told Ferguson … we had everything under control,” Simpson said. In speaking to the Post-Dispatch, Simpson added that the official story was a “total lie.”
Green was a native of Lynn Meadows in Florissant, Missouri, reports CBS St. Louis.
5. Green Is Being Martyred on Twitter
As word of the shooting spread around Twitter, Green quickly became a martyr. Here are some of the most poignant: