Thaddeus McCarroll was 23 years of age when he was shot dead on Friday, April 18, 2015 in Jennings, Missouri by their police department’s Tactical Operations Unit. Thaddeus was killed in events spawned from a response by the law enforcers to a call from the 9200 block of Riverwood Drive around 10:30 pm that Friday.
In what St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar is describing as a “one-way negotiation”, Jennings police fired some sort of weapon, an “impact weapon”, which did not work to subdue Thaddeus. Instead of aiming for his legs to attempt to stop Thaddeus, the police fired what sounds like assault style rifles and killed him.
The police arrived on the scene as a response to a call from Thaddeus’ mother, who says he had locked her out of the house. When Thaddeus appeared exiting the door of the home, he is reported to have been wielding a knife in one hand and a Bible. After a blast, and usage of what is being referred to as an “impact weapon”, officers report that he charged them, in which they almost immediately let out a barrage of shots, putting a period on Thaddeus’ short life’s sentence.
Jennings is a county of St. Louis, and it is near about five miles from Ferguson where Mike Mike Brown was murdered in August by patroller Darren Wilson. It is around one mile from where Kajieme Powell was killed by St. Louis Metropolitan patrollers also in August. In the images below, Thaddeus McCarroll is seen out protesting during the initial stages of the Mike Brown Forever Movement in St.Louis and Ferguson.
And now, those in St. Louis and Ferguson are protesting and commemorating in his honor.
images courtesy of search4swag