2nd St.Louis Suburb Said Little On White-On-Black Fatal Police Shooting

A police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Pine Lawn shot Christopher Maurice Jones to death on a highway ramp in the early morning of July 5. As in the Michael Brown shooting, the officer was white; the victim was an unarmed black man, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While many have demanded answers for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown, Jones' mother and three sisters say they have quietly pressed authorities to account for the death of their loved one, a 30-year-old father of two sons, who had had previous run-ins with police. Four months later, authorities have told them very little.

St. Louis County police said a Pine Lawn police officer pulled Jones over for a “wanted person alert” on the license plate. Jones sped off, led another Pine Lawn officer in a car chase, crashed and fled on foot. When the officer caught up to him, there was a struggle and the officer fired his weapon, killing Jones. It was the last officer-involved shooting in greater St. Louis before Brown's death on Aug. 9. The scarcity of information provided to the public, including Jones' family,is a vestige from a time when area police shootings were followed by initial statements by police that lethal force had been justified, and investigations that went on for months in secrecy. “What am I supposed to do, just bury him, and that's it?” said the mother, Christa Jones. “No explanation? Like he didn't matter? What am I supposed to do, forget I ever had a son?”

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