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Police Arrest Man in Connection with Ferguson Police Shootings

Police Arrest Man in Connection with Ferguson Police Shootings

Police say that 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams has admitted to firing the shots that hit two police officers during a protest last week in Ferguson, but the man says he was aiming at someone else, and did not mean to shoot the officers. He was arrested this weekend and is being held on a $300,000 cash bond. Since this summer, following the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, the scene has been home to large demonstrations—along with some violent confrontations with police. The latest protests stemmed from the resignations of three high-ranking city officials, who stepped after a Department of Justice report revealed years of racial bias in the city’s law enforcement practices.

There is some dispute as to Williams’ involvement in the protests in Ferguson: Police said he frequently joined demonstrations, but a local protest organizer told CNN that even though Williams told authorities he was a protester, “he admitted to me that he’d never protested.” Bishop Derrick Robinson, who spoke to Williams in a jail visit, told CBS News that Williams was not a part of the recent demonstrations: “He protested in August but as of the six months he has not been a protester. We don’t want our narrative as protesters to be painted wrong. We’ve worked so hard to rebuild this community” …

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