I was JUST talking about how urban radio has lost its balance by not having NEWS and informing the community in this story. Looks like this is proof and we may have inadvertently been talking about KMJM in St. Louis. We are not in any way blaming PD Kathy Brown or the News person Tammie Holland. This, no doubt, is a corporate response. These tensions need to be expressed and where are these people going to be able to do that? This is evidence that serving the community is less important than making money.
This sounds like something out of a horror flick. All hell broke loose in St. Louis over the weekend after an 18-year-old teen Michael Brown, was fatally shot, according to an eyewitness who was with the victim, Dorian Johnson. Johnson states that he and Brown were walking from the convenience store in the street when a lone officer pulled up and asked them to get on the sidewalk, they ignored his requests and the officer fired a shot. The witness said they were scared and started running when officer fired a second shot striking Brown. Brown eventually fell to the ground with his hands up surrendering. Johnson states the officer then approached the wounded teen and continued to shoot Brown several times.
Police Chief Jon Belmar (pictured below) states something completely different after his preliminary investigation and interview of the accused officer. He states that the teen was in a physical altercation with the officer in the officer’s car and the teen attempted to take the officer’s gun (?).
The family has retained attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin for the case (didn’t he lose?). The FBI has stepped in to take over the investigation after local black organizations demanded they do so to handle the “integrity” of the case. The officer who killed the recent high school graduate is on paid suspension and his identity has not been released except to say he has 6 years on the force. The black community apparently does not believe the shooting was justified or that the Chief’s and the officer’s version of the account is accurate as there was looting and unrest during the weekend and more shots were fired. We’re confident you can find out about the event and updates on the local news but these people need a way to express themselves, where is urban radio in the market? Has urban radio completely abandoned the greater needs of the black community? When we tuned in online to KMJM we heard music and a lot of promotion for back in the 90s jams. There are not even pictures of updates on the station’s website but there are updates on the News Directors personal Instagram page. (pictured: Police Chief who states teen attacked officer in his patrol car, in white shirt).
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