Police in Ferguson, Missouri, reportedly shot a pastor with a rubber bullet Wednesday during a protest as tensions between law enforcement and residents continued after the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Renita Lamkin, an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor, was "standing in the middle of the street, with people behind me, and the police were in front of me,” she said in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Lamkin was trying to intervene between authorities and Ferguson protesters and told the police, “They're moving, they're leaving.”
“And then there was a pop!” she said, as the rubber bullet hit her stomach.
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Lamkin was reportedly protesting while “calmly repeating, 'Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,’” as she demanded the release of arrested St. Louis politician Antonio French.
Photos of her injuries have added to protesters’ questions about using such “non-lethal” projectiles that can cause serious wounds.
People chimed in on reddit, with one user writing, “Weird how Bundy protesters over unpaid taxes were threatening with guns and the authorities backed off so nobody would get hurt. These people are protesting over a person being killed so they bring in the SWAT teams. How come people arent going to Ferguson with their guns to protect their constitutional rights?”
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One user replied, “Because this doesn't fit the mold of the 'Less federal power' conservatives. This actually goes in stark contrast to those who say we need to strengthen states rights' and powers and weaken the federal government, and if you look around the country and throughout history, it has more often been state and local law enforcement officials who have been on the wrong end of these types of exchanges.”
According to the Daily Mail, in addition to the rubber bullets and tear gas, some protesters reported being bombarded with thick wooden disks and balls filled with pepper powder designed to burst on impact.
Even though rubber bullets are soft and non-explosive, it can cause extremely painful and possibly long-lasting injuries.
No deaths have occurred as a result of these “less lethal” crowd control means, but at least one report has emerged of someone getting seriously injured from the pellets.
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