Do you remember this image from the Ferguson protests following the murder of black teenager Mike Brown? Well, this morning reports surfaced that Edward Crawford, the protester pictured, was found dead. Police say Crawford’s death appears to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to St. Louis Dispatch.
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Crawford’s father, Edward Sr., confirmed his son’s death saying his son’s mother called him and they went together to the morgue early Friday to identify their son’s body. Crawford Sr. was reportedly in tears Friday.
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Police have not yet released the victim’s name, but a detective confirmed the Hyde Park shooting in the 1400 block of Salisbury Street. At this time, no other details are immediately available.
The Dispatch reports, Crawford’s father, 52, believes the shooting was accidental and, not intentional. “I don’t believe it was a suicide,” he said after speaking with his son just two days ago. Apparently investigators have not been speaking much with the family. “They’re being hush-hush,” the father said.
While police say it was self-inflicted, they say that doesn’t conclude if the victim shot himself on purpose or if the gun discharged accidentally. The case is being handled by district detectives, not homicide investigators.
Edward Crawford, Jr., 27, was the father of four children, and was training for a job at a Schnucks warehouse.
During the 2014 Ferguson protests, Crawford grabbed a smoking tear gas cylinder, fired by police at protesters, and threw it back. The photograph taken by Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen, Crawford became an iconic image of the protests along West Florissant Avenue. Crawford found instant fame after coming forward as the man in the photograph.
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Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown’s Death
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1. 2014: Michael Brown’s lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.
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2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.
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3. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.
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4. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.
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5. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city’s uprising.
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6. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.
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7. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.
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8. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.
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9. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.
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10. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.
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11. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to “control” protests.
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12. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.
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13. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.
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14. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.
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