(by Jason Howerton, TheBlaze/AP) -- Protesters in St. Louis burned American flags on Thursday night as unrest was reignited following the fatal officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Vonderrit D. Myers, who police say opened fire on an off-duty officer.
The protesters chanted “no justice, no peace!” and “hands up, don’t shoot!” as they waved the burning American flags.
The Myers shooting comes two months after a Ferguson officer killed Michael Brown, setting off intense national debate over law enforcement treatment of minorities.
Police say Myers was shot Wednesday after he opened fire on a white, off-duty officer, but Myers’ parents say he was unarmed. Some activists and lawmakers say Myers was targeted because he was black and are asking the Justice Department – which has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Brown, who was unarmed – to investigate his shooting.