After another night of violence in St. Louis, Mayor Francis Slay gathered with a dozen black ministers at a nearby church yesterday to plead for calm, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. One block away, relatives and friends of a young man who was shot by police during a raid — the spark for the violence — met at the site to defend his name. Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, was shot at midday Wednesday by two officers who helped serve a search warrant on a house. Police said Ball-Bey fled the building and pointed a pistol at the officers before they fired, fatally wounding him. He died at the scene.
Police Chief Sam Dotson said the address was well known as a place “for drugs and guns.” He said police had served a warrant there about 18 months ago and found several firearms. This time, he said, they found cocaine and four guns, three of them stolen, including the one they allege Ball-Bey was holding. Relatives said Ball-Bey was visiting cousins who live there. They denied it was a drug house and called him a good young man who had a job as a package handler for FedEx. The shooting touched off tense protests Wednesday afternoon and violence after dark, including the burning of a vacant building and a parked car. Dotson said some in the crowd threw bricks and water bottles at police, who fired tear gas and made nine arrests.