Police: Multiple Witnesses Say Antonio Martin Pulled Gun on Officer

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, December 30, 2014

City officials in Berkeley, Mo. said on Tuesday that several witnesses have told police that 18-year-old Antonio Martin drew a gun and pointed it at an officer before he was shot and killed by that officer last week and provided new details about the encounter meant to undermine vocal protesters who have raised pointed questions about the shooting.

The Dec. 23 shooting, which occurred just 5 miles from where Michael Brown was killed in August, sparked protests and at-times violent clashes between police and residents last week, which left several officers injured and a gas station across the street partially vandalized.

“Mr. Martin was armed, Mr. Martin did attempt to fire when he pulled a weapon on the officer,” said Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall, who added that several witnesses including the man who is seen walking with Martin moments before the shooting have confirmed that Martin drew a weapon on the officer before being shot.

The shooting sparked renewed protests in Greater St. Louis, where demonstrations have occurred almost nightly for the four months since Brown was shot and killed after an altercation with a white Ferguson police officer. {snip}


Mayor Theodore Hoskins said that groups that continue to protest the shooting have no “objective,” and said that demonstrations that attempt to “disrupt” the city such as one on Monday night that closed a local freeway, will not be tolerated.

According to police, they first received a call about shoplifting at a Mobil gas station at 11:11 p.m., with an officer arriving on the scene and confronting Martin–who police say matched the description of the suspected shoplifter–at 11:14.

One minute later, the officer radioed that shots had been fired.

McCall could not provide any details of the alleged theft, referring questions about what Martin allegedly stole to St. Louis County Police. He also speculated that Martin’s gun did not fire at the officer because the safety was on–but said that he had not directly examined the weapon.

A common criticism and question from protest groups has concerned whether Martin was given medical attention after being shot. Within 20 minutes of the shooting, many of the protesters who have demonstrated in Ferguson had shown up at the scene of the shooting–including at least one who provided livestream video footage. Many online have questioned why no paramedics were seen tending to Martin by the protesters who arrived.

However, city officials insisted that paramedics arrived at the scene of the shooting at 11:21 p.m.–approximately six minutes after the shooting–and had declared Martin dead, covering his body, by 11:28 p.m.


The news conference came one day after protesters shut down the freeway near the site of the shooting, prompting police response.

“Protest should be peaceful, and we understand the constitution. There is no reason for the protesters to continue in the city of Berkeley unless they will not accept the fact that Mr. Martin drew his gun first,” Hoskins said. “We can only present the facts, and if they do not believe in that, that’s on them. The city of Berkeley will not tolerate what occurred last night.”

But that proclamation, partnered with the decision by Berkeley officials to not release the officer’s name, seems likely to further enrage protesters and some residents who remain skeptical about the circumstances of the shooting.

“Mayor says that blocking highways and streets ‘will not be acceptable from this day forward.’ That sounds like a challenge,” declared protest organizer DeRay Mckesson, who live-tweeted his reaction to the news conference. “This Mayor has just re-ignited the protests in Berkeley. I hope that we’re all ready for what he just started with that statement.”


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  • “The safety was on”

    St. Michael the Archangel intervened. The safety being on was what prevented the cop from being murdered and Antonio Trayvon Martin from facing a cop murderer rap.

    Nevertheless, case closed.

    • He had probably never fired the silly thing.

      • Peter Connor

        Wonder if it was loaded?

        • Since St. Sandwich had .380″ ACP loaded in a 9mm X 19 caliber pistol this autumn, it is quite likely that this more recent idiot had the wrong ammo in the magazine.

          • Peter Connor

            White man’s devices are so complicated….

          • bilderbuster

            You posed to jus pull da trigga den BAM!

      • KyraNelson

        Last time I was at my local gun range it was FILLED with the ferals. Dressed OK, expensive hardware too. I suspect it’s to protect them from other random ferals.

        • During my old days shooting, the only black I ever saw at the range was a older fellow shooting a cap & ball, black powder Hawken rifle he had assembled from a kit. Black guys like him aren’t the problem.

  • I doubt the rioters think it matters whether Martin had a gun or drew it.


      Ding, you’ve earned 100XP points for a dead on point observation my friend. Reality, and truth mean nothing to these people.

    • superlloyd

      It doesn’t matter to me either.

    • And they don’t even care that the mayor and police chief in Berkeley are both black and that the PD itself has more blacks than whites. The cop in this case is 34 years old and a white man. No, it’s all one big excuse to bongo and party and rage out.

      • John

        Look the thugs death was an opportunity too loot again but the mayor shut it down period!

    • Peter Connor

      Rioting and looting is a sport, in Chicago it would break out after Bulls winning championships…

      • MBlanc46

        Fortunately, that excuse doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon.

  • alex

    Did Martin show his “I am a proud descendant of African hunters and gatherers. You aren’t allowed to stop, question and search me without the express written consent of NAACP. If I decide to attack you, you aren’t allowed to defend yourself.” card to the officer?

  • A Freespeechzone

    Make NO mistake, had Martin been White and pointed a pistol at an officer, the results would be the same.

    Negroes WANT the unrestrained right to kill Police Officers and Whites without any penalty—and as we have seen, will march, riot, loot and burn to demand that right.

    Meanwhile, Obama, Holder and the likes of de Blasio turn a blind eye to this lawlessness and SUPPORT the lawless negroes over law and order.

    God help them if they want to export their lawlessness to the ‘wrong’ communities, even Obama won’t save them from ‘self defense’.

    • Ronald

      Yes. You are right. America has entered the second reconstruction era where the Africans can attack and kill unarmed White women and unarmed White men with impunity.

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        That’s what I’ve started calling 1964-Present: Reconstruction II.

    • Weisheit77

      Remember the basketball controversy? They also want to publicly cuckold you, too, as secret cuckoldry is not enough.

    • nBmnp

      “Make NO mistake, had Martin been White and pointed a pistol at an officer, the results would be the same.”

      Nope. There would be no news-story and no rioting.

  • Luca

    According to the new Al Sharpton rules of engagement. A White police officer must actually wait until a black suspect fires 5 rounds before he can be sure there is a real working weapon involved. The officer can only return one round for every five fired at him and he can only cause a minor flesh wound. Otherwise, it will be considered an act of Racism.

    • Steve_in_Vermont

      No Luca you’ve got this wrong. After the black suspect fires the first round the officer must, in a loud voice, advise him “Your actions (shooting) are illegal and you may be subject to arrest if you continue this (shooting) behavior”. If the suspect continues to shoot at the officer, at his discretion the officer may return fire but must not strike the suspect in any part of his body that may cause grievous injury. The officer must then write a letter of apology to the parents of the suspect. I hope this clears up the misunderstanding.

    • DD-762

      Does Sharpton have the power to veto what the witnesses say? I mean Obama has his pen and Al has his mouth. Hmmm.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Objection: Irrelevant. It doesn’t matter to the protesters that Martin pulled a gun on a cop. Martin was a black person shot by a white person — that’s all that matters to them.

    • saxonsun

      I’ve been thinking for many years that if things don’t change, we whites will someday not be allowed to defend against black assailants–that time seems almost certain now.

      • They insisted on exactly that after the Trayvon Martin shooting, and the NAACP pitched a fit when a homeowner in Atlanta (?) shot and killed a black burglar who was armed with a knife. Another group in Denver about a decade ago flipped completely out when a white motorist shot two black attackers – killing one – who were beating the hell out of him with a metal pipe.

        In other words, non-blacks are already being told that we do not have the right to defend our own lives or those of our families.

        • Bobbala

          I have had one tell me as much.

  • John Smith

    “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” – a completely false narrative, even according to black eye witnesses.

    “I can’t breathe” – a completely false narrative. Long arrest and police record. Overweight, diabetic, heart disease. Died later in the ambulance. Somebody who “couldn’t breath would not be able to repeatedly yell this.

    Now we have another “black male” gunned down by a WHITE police officer – a completely false narrative. The black male pointed a gun at the officer and this shooting was justified.

    And who do we have to thank for all this turmoil which has now reached the boiling point?

    C’mon everybody…repeat after me…

    The filthy creatures who run and control the anti-white media cabal !!!

    • Scott Rosen

      It’s the Voldemorts of Amren! You know, because they must not be named.

  • dd121

    The facts don’t seem to matter to these beasts of the street. Let’s all riot now!

  • libertarian1234

    Blacks see some advantage to this constant lying about black shooting deaths, rioting and protests, but it’s hard to imagine what it might be, since they have considerable difficulty in reasoning, analysis and problem solving. Plus the vast majority are paranoid schizophrenics.

    But whatever, like everything else, they’re just making matters worse for themselves, because more white people are beginning to understand how skewed black thinking is and they are also appalled at how quickly they resort to violence and create chaos.

    This would be an excellent time for right-leaning pundits to dredge up the thousands of black on white racial attacks and respond to black whining about “Black lives matter” with a long list of black on white murders and mob assaults.

    But I doubt anyone has the guts to do so. Just as they failed to raise the issue of out-of-control black on white rapes, amounting to thousands every year with the reverse zero, when Sharpton was screaming about a “history of white on black rapes” after the false rape charges against the La Crosse players.

    Is anyone EVER going to step up who has the gumption to tell it like it is?

    • Steve_in_Vermont

      In picking these cases to demonstrate (read riot) they are losing credibility with the general public. Instead of earning sympathy for their “cause” they are driving people away. The Al Sharpton’s and others like him are speaking to a narrower group of people every day and alienating most others. And FWIW, for our president to associate himself with Al isn’t doing him any favors.

      • saxonsun

        Notice that bone-boy has been lying very low since the killing of the 2 cops?

    • IstvanIN

      Plus the vast majority are paranoid schizophrenics. They are paranoid, I can not count the number of times I have had to reassure an employee that someone, usually a White or Hispanic in a position of some authority, was not out to get them.

      • bilderbuster

        Were your assurances ever successful?

      • We had one come completely, frantically unglued in Building Six in the Denver County Jail in 2001. He was certain that I had been sent into the jail by the CIA to get him hooked on drugs. If the resulting scene had been put into a movie, nobody would have found it remotely believable. The deputies finally took the crazed weirdo off to solitary, ranting as he was led out of the unit.

    • LHathaway

      Never. Someone will tell you want you want to hear, though. One day.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Silly people, haven’t you learned by now that facts don’t matter, only the narrative does?

  • Ludwig

    A safety on a firearm. Whitey’s tricks never cease to amaze.

    • Steve_in_Vermont

      Give this guy credit, at least he was smart enough to use the safety. As for everything else……..not so much.

    • DD-762

      That is why my carry-weapon is a revolver. Simply point-and-shoot.

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        Hopefully a 7- or 8-shooter.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Facts don’t matter to these envious black fools. Eventually, we will have to treat the African anti-Americans like they deserve to be treated. We can not trade our civilized way of life for their degenerate way of life.

    • MBlanc46

      We shouldn’t do so, that’s for sure, but we’re already well down the path to having exchanged Handel for hip-hop.

      • bilderbuster

        WE haven’t exchanged it, but the alien owned media is changing it for us.
        They never liked Christmas or it’s namesake either.

  • Magician

    Some young black men appear to openly and gladly testify against their own friends, if it can help reduce their own charges or sentences.

    I know most of you do not even want to hear about it again but, after Eve Carson was murdered in the hands of two black men, one of the murders’ friends testified against the murderers in the court, in return for his own sentence getting moderately reduced.


    sigh, in the beginning of the video clip above, I am once again seeing that same thing I was forced to see more than a thousand times in my life in the mainstream media…

    A beautiful blond white woman placed right beside a black male.

    If they want us the viewers to see blacks that much, then show us some black female / white male. Or black female / white female. Or black male / white male. Just because two people of the same gender appear together that does not mean they are gay or feminists

  • John Smith

    No matter, he’s still a black hero.

    • A Freespeechzone

      The Police Officer is MY hero! Good shooting!!

      • bilderbuster

        That stupid Negro was sure he had the drop on that cop until he pulled the trigger and nothing happened. I’ll bet he was in the process of soiling his bad self the split second before the copper’s bullet took him to the great ghetto in the sky.

        • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

          There is no ghetto in the sky, there is a ghetto in hell and that is where these thugs are.

  • paul kersey

    Blacks are demons just like Darren Wilson said and they have destroyed this country because they belong naked spearing a monkey and picking berries not living in an civilization. My theory is that the gene responsible for their low IQ and violent and stupid behavior is on the same area near the gene for melanin which makes them have their black skin. They are a disgrace to themselves and to the world.

    • bilderbuster

      Sort of makes one want to arm the poor monkeys so they can defend themselves from those savages.

  • Yves Vannes

    Facts don`t matter. We are at the point with blacks where it is blood for blood.

  • JohnEngelman

    When The Washington Post prints a story like this it is evidence that the constraints of political correctness are weakening.

  • Amrik Morel

    Looking forward to the day when ‘negro eradication units’ enter ‘infested’ areas for ‘cleansing operations’.

    • They have those in Brazil. If the future of the US is a cold, snowy version of Brazil, organized police killings of feral “yoofs” will be part of that future. Societies produce the systems of justice they can afford.

      • IstvanIN

        I think they did away with those back in the 90s. They bred faster than the cops could reload anyway.

  • KyraNelson

    Interesting that the police would have responded at all. In my neighborhood, a gang of feral yoofs were chasing, intimidating and throwing rocks at a small group of younger children (not feral) & the 911 dispatcher said ” not gonna send anyone out for you.” Wow. I’m in the process of filing a FOIA to get this recording. This stuff needs to be documented in case a White Person or Non-Feral Other should actually defend him or herself. They will be charged and vilified, you can bet on that.

  • Tosig FitzHerbert

    Your Africans are turning your country into Africa…. mind you, perhaps we English are the next in their line of fire.

  • Paleoconn

    You play bang bang with police, it won’t end well for you.