Sunday, October 2, 2022

Suspect in Ferguson Cop Shooting Was Beaten By Police: Lawyer

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*A lawyer for the man accused of wounding two policemen during a protest rally outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police headquarters last week said on Monday his client was beaten when he was taken into custody, an allegation police called “completely false,” reports Reuters.

Jeffrey L. Williams, 20, had bruising across his back, on both shoulders and his neck, and a welt on his head and a mark on his face, attorney Jerryl Christmas said, adding that he met with him for two hours on Monday but could not take pictures.

“He was beat up by the police,” Christmas told Reuters. “He was beaten when he was taken into custody.”

Williams had appeared briefly in court Monday morning without counsel and did not enter a plea. He is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, a class A felony that calls for 10-30 years, or up to life in prison.

The shooting was the latest violent incident in months of demonstrations in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, after a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown during a confrontation in August.

In announcing Williams’s arrest on Sunday, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch told reporters Williams had admitted firing the shots that wounded the officers early Thursday and told authorities he was not shooting at police.

“With regard to the allegations that Jeffrey Williams was ‘beaten’ by police, the St. Louis County Police Department calls these allegations completely false,” spokesman Brian Schellman said in a statement.

Schellman said Williams was taken immediately to St. Louis County Police headquarters after his arrest, interviewed by detectives on video and audio, booked and evaluated by a nurse as every inmate is, to determine if he is fit to be confined.

Christmas said Williams was taken into custody on a probation warrant and did not know he was being arrested until he was taken for questioning.

Police had called the shooting an “ambush” of the officers, who were standing side by side, by a gunman embedded with protesters, but McCulloch said on Sunday that Williams may have been shooting at someone else.

Several long-time activists have said they did not recognize or know Williams as a protester.

“Clearly this was not a police ambush and police were never the target,” Christmas said, adding: “It could have easily been the protesters who got shot instead of the police.”

The shooting of the officers followed a flurry of resignations and protests in the week after the U.S. Justice Department released a damning report accusing Ferguson of racially biased policing. The Justice Department, which launched an investigation after Brown’s shooting, found pervasive racial bias in Ferguson’s policing and municipal court practices. Its police force is mostly white while two-thirds of residents are black.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, its city manager and its municipal court judge have resigned.

Williams, who had been on probation for possession of stolen property, is accused of firing shots from a car just as a rally after Jackson’s resignation was breaking up.

A U.S. District judge on Monday allowed a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by people arrested in August to continue. The lawsuit names Ferguson, St. Louis County, the chiefs of both departments and other officers as defendants.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. This DOJ investigation is a joke. In the midst of all that, they can violate a citizen’s rights, and Holder has to look the other way like a boy. What about innocent until proven guilty?
    Such an allowable affront to federal authority.
    Then you will even have low self esteem negroes acting like he deserves it.

    Whitey say we still run this motha, no matter what your black president and his AG might have you believe.

    The same lies, cover-up and corruption, with black people bearing the brunt of the abuse. If he wasn’t beaten, then why can’t pictures be taken?

    • FYI:
      Jeffrey L. Williams, 20, had bruising across his back, on both shoulders and his neck, and a welt on his head and a mark on his face

      So are how you so sure the confession was not coerced?

    • Yeah,
      How are you so sure the confession was not coerced?

      You must have heard about the DOJ report chronicling the hell that black people is catching in Ferguson.

  2. The citizens of this country are soooooo easy to “play”. We immediately except the POV of thise, who are NOTORIOUS liars. We know we “smell shyt”?, but yet listen to “an ass” (an “ASS”!!, you know, where ALL “shyt” comes from!??/SMH!) tell Us…..”naaaaw, it’s “potpourri”. We know we pay for justice, don’t get it, do NOTHing about it!!, then complain & wonder why the offenders of our rights….continue to disrespect/kill/MURDER Us. We ‘on this site see RACIST post here &…”ONLY A FKN “FEW”!!!!, will check dat ass. We see Our prez. & 1st lady furrrrther dissed by “new trolls”, & muthafkas are STILL….’on mute. And regarding “this” “choreographed” BS!!?? (manifested ONLY!!!!, to divert attention away from that corrupted city AND its officials!!!) Yo….anyone has seen that joint “Alington Road”?, knows how simply fkn “convenient” it is, that they found this guy, so quick. But hey….”enjoy the fkn show”.

    • Agreed. Two hit by a 40 cal round from a pistol two blocks away? At night? Either this guy is a skilled marksmen or the unluckiest patsy since James Earl Ray.

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