On Thursday, a mother and her adult son were found dead in a home in Wildwood, St. Louis county, Missouri, after an apparent murder-suicide, said police. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, authorities believe Eric Scherrer, 23, shot and killed his mother, Janet Scherrer, 54, then killed himself.
Someone called a neighbor about 8 p.m. Thursday night, concerned about the Scherrers, according to police. The neighbor checked the ranch-style home the Scherrers shared in the 4600 block of Fox Crest Drive and found Janet Scherrer unresponsive, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Authorities arrived and found both Scherrers dead inside.
Police did not know a motive in the murder-suicide.
According to Mediaite, a memorial set up on the street where Michael Brown was fatally shot was destroyed recently when a car crashed into it. Based on reports, the destruction of the memorial appears to have been deliberate.
Reports say that people in the community rallied to rebuild and restore the memorial overnight.
According to MSNBC, “witness 40” spoke on the record for the first time to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, raising new questions about the Bob McCulloch’s grand jury process.
NY Daily News states that witness 40 – Sandra McElroy – claims her version of events, which happened some 30 miles from her St. Louis home, is the truth, and that investigators just tried to discredit her “because of my racial slurs.”
McElroy presented the grand jury with copies of her Aug. 9 journal entry about her “random drive to Florisant (sic)” in her attempt to “understand the Black race so I can stop calling Blacks N—–s.”
McElroy’s racism is well-documented in her social media footprint.
She also used Facebook to chime in on the Ferguson shooting. On Aug. 17, she wrote, “Prayers, support God Bless Officer Wilson,” and used the social media site to try to raise money for the officer.
In her journal entry about the Ferguson shooting, she wrote, “The cop just stood there dang if that kid didn’t start running right at the cop like a football player head down.”
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a man was arrested Wednesday evening in St. Louis after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters.
A protest leader said four protesters were hit. A police spokeswoman said nobody was seriously hurt.
According to the Post-Dispatch, protesters then chased and surrounded the minivan, and the driver waved a black handgun at them. At one point, protesters broke out the van’s back window. The van was dented, and police recovered a rock from the back seat. Police took the driver, a 57-year-old man, into custody.
Recently, a Black police officer in the St. Louis county police department was charged with a felony after hitting a person on the hand with his baton, even though officer Darren Wilson did not get charged with any crime at all.
Is this appropriate, and why would that be?
Dawon Gore, a Black 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, was charged with felony assault after striking a MetroLink passenger on the hand with his expandable baton following an argument, according to CBS St. Louis.
CBS St. Louis reports, Gore is accused of using excessive force against an unnamed 24-year-old light-rail passenger in late April at the Hanley Road station in Clayton.
According to a police press release, the investigation was forwarded to prosecutor Bob McCullough, the same prosecutor who did not charge Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer in the murder of Mike Brown, an unarmed Black teenager.
The investigation was sent to McCullough with a recommendation to press charges, which is what he did. Gore, who is a 44-year-old Ferguson resident, was charged with second-degree assault. He was jailed on a $3,500 with a cash-only bond.
Ferguson, Mo. – According to Zachary Roth and Aliyah Frumin of MSNBC, sources told NBC News that the grand jury now is planning to meet on Monday. A grand jury vote had been expected as early as Saturday in the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.
Public safety units, including police and fire, have eased back on their alert status, multiple sources told NBC News. And 12 hour police shifts that had been planned for Saturday are now expected to begin Sunday.
President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have urged calm ahead of the grand jury decision on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson with a crime in the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown. Still, authorities, residents and businesses here are bracing for unrest.
The NAACP has joined a chorus of voices saying that a special prosecutor, rather than St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, should investigate the shooting of Michael Brown.
“Justice rests in the hands of one person: St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, a man with deep personal, family, and professional ties to the local police department,” said the president of the association, Cornell William Brooks.
McCulloch has said he will not step down, despite similar calls from elected leaders and activists in the days since Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown.
Brooks had told CBS News over the weekend that it is “critically important” for a special prosecutor to be appointed.
Those calling on McCulloch to step aside have pointed to his history, and they claim he cannot be impartial.
McCulloch’s father, a white police officer in St. Louis, was shot and killed by a black man in the line of duty when McCulloch was 12.
In 2000, McCulloch oversaw an investigation of two white police officers who shot and killed two black men; a grand jury didn’t indict them, and McCulloch said he agreed with that decision.