Protesters in St. Louis, Missouri, demonstrated for the second time on Wednesday against the police shooting of Cary Ball Jr., an African-American honors student, that took place on April 24.
Ball was reportedly shot 25 times during his run-in with police.
Police claimed Ball refused to pull over for a traffic stop, crashed into a parked car, fled on foot and then pointed a semi-automatic handgun at officers.
“My son supposedly threw his weapon down, walked toward the police to surrender, and he was shot 25 times,” Cary Ball Sr. told CBS St. Louis at a May 22 rally.
Ball was an honors student with a 3.86 GPA at Forest Park Community College.
Family and friends admit the 25 year old had been convicted of armed robbery when he was 17, but said he was trying to fix his life.
Carlos Ball believes his brother ran from police because, as an ex-convict, it was illegal for him to possess a gun.
“The way St. Louis streets work, we’re afraid out here,” Carlos Ball told CBS St. Louis, “We’re afraid of the police. We’re afraid of other youth who may want to pull a gun and fire on you. So, sometimes people have guns just to protect themselves, not with the intentions to do a criminal act with it.”
Source: CBS St. Louis