Although it is unclear as to whether or not the lawyer was speaking specifically toward the incident as it pertains to St. Louis, this is not the first time a black off-duty cop has been shot by a fellow white police officer.
The police department as of Saturday hadn't disclosed the names of the officers, who have been placed on routine administrative leave as the matter is investigated. He questioned the white officer's account, according to police, that he shot the off-duty officer because he feared for his safety.
According to police, the off-duty officer heard a commotion and rushed to the scene with his service weapon. Two officers recognized him and told the others to let him get up and walk toward them.
According to a department summary of the incident released later Thursday, two officers who encountered the armed off-duty officer ordered him to the ground.
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It was initially told to reporters by Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole that the officer was hit in a crossfire between on-the-clock police and the stolen vehicle suspects while attempting to offer assistance at the site of the eventual auto crash. The vehicle crashed and the suspects ran.
A second suspect was arrested at the scene. The off-duty officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The St. Louis Police Department has a lot of explaining to do - though explaining doesn't seem to be their forte. A third suspect is being sought. So we have a real problem with that.
Local station Fox 2 Now reported that the incident began shortly after 10 p.m. when a police recognition system spotted a stolen auto from Maryland Heights, spurring the vehicle chase. But this has been a national discussion for the past two years. Initial reports suggested the wounded officer was shot during the gun battle, but it later turned out his wound came from a separate encounter.
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The New York Daily News identities the off-duty officer as black and the shooting officer as white. An off-duty officer came out from his home to help. The Castile case has highlighted a fear that there may be no justice for black Americans killed in police shootings, advocates say.
The department says the auto crashed near the intersection of Park Lane and Astra Avenue, northwest of West Florissant Avenue and Riverview Boulevard. Young - at the time the son of the department's highest-ranking black officer - was dressed in baggy jeans, an overcoat and a baseball cap, and he was carrying a gun.
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A suspect was hit in the ankle.
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