ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A march and a rally are scheduled for later today in downtown St. Louis by friends and family of Cary Ball Jr. who was shot and killed by St. Louis Police last month.
This is the second rally to raise awareness of the shooting. Organizer Zaki Baruti says Ball was shot 25 times by police despite having placed his gun on the ground.
“We are making every effort to first, inform the public as well as mobilize the public to put an end to this kind of police violence,” Baruti said. “The police ought to be protecting and serving the community but we do have almost like vigilante kinds of officers on the force that need to be removed immediately.”
The three officers involved in the shooting are suspended pending an investigation, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.
“My son supposedly threw his weapon down, walked toward the police to surrender, and he was shot 25 times,” Cary Ball Sr. said at the first rally last week. “The way St. Louis streets work, we’re afraid out here. We’re afraid of the police. We’re afraid of other youth who may want to pull a gun and fire on you. So, sometimes people have guns just to protect themselves, not with the intentions to do a criminal act with it.”
Wednesday’s rally will be on Market Street at 3:30 p.m.