New Documents Obtained By Anonymous Prove St. Louis Cop Killed VonDerrit Myers For No Reason

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Court documents obtained by Anonymous confirm that Officer Jason Flanery either lied or had the wrong person when he shot and killed 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers last year.

Officer Jason Flanery was off-duty and working as private security on the night of October 8, 2014 in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis, just days before Ferguson October was set to take place with a weekend of protests for Michael Brown, the Ferguson teen shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson just a few miles away.

I had arrived on the scene approximately 30 minutes after the shooting occurred and spoke to witnesses who explained that Flanery had been chasing someone else when he encountered Myers.

In the newly obtained documents, a summary of Officer Flanery’s interview with police describes his version of events, though it also notes that he declined to be interviewed by CAO prosecutors and staff, and they could not force him to participate, as he was the subject of the investigation.

Flanery had explained that he saw a group of individuals walking near Shaw Market, one of whom was bouncing a basketball.  He claims that when he looked back, he saw the ball bouncing alone and the individual who had been using it running, holding his arm near his waistband.  Flanery claimed that this indicated to him that the person may have been carrying a firearm.

At this point, the officer asserted that he began to follow the person, first in his car and then on foot.  He claimed that the subject of his pursuit then hopped a fence, so he announced himself as police and stated that he was attempting to place the person under arrest, despite the fact that the officer was not on duty at the time.

The officer said that he then lost sight of the person and began searching with a flashlight, when he encountered a group of men walking on Shaw Boulevard. Flanery claimed one of the men walking looked like the person he had just been chasing, and that he saw him putting on a dark colored hoodie.  Flanery stated:

“The one individual who I’d just chased was kind of amped up, probably because he just been (sic) in a foot pursuit with police and was walking a little bit faster than the other two behind him.”

Flanery claims he went and approached the teen, later identified as Myers, and said “man, let me talk to you.”  He stated that he believed the teen would run, “again,” but he didn’t, because he wasn’t the same person.

The officer explained that he ordered the teen to get on the ground, but that Myers ignored his commands.  He claims that Myers backed up, grabbed his waistband, and said “f*ck you,” repeatedly.  Flanery claimed that his hands being near his waistband made him think that he had a gun.  He was pointing his weapon at Myers when he says the teen started to walk towards him with his hands out.  The officer claims that at this point he holstered his weapon, because he knew that there was going to be a “wrestling match.”

Flanery told police that him and Myers wrestled for 5-7 seconds before Myers slipped out of his jacket and started running west.  He claims that he then initiated another foot pursuit.

Myers would be dead soon after.

Unfortunately, there are many massive problems with Flanery’s story.  The newest, coming from the documents obtained byAnonCopWatch:

“The GPS device tracked Myer’s movements on the evening of the Shaw shooting.  Prosecutors reviewed minute-by-minute reports from the device before, during, and after the shooting.  Based on this GPS information, it appears Myers was not the person Officer X (Flanery) was chasing on Castleman Ave., east of Klemm St.  Officer X maintains throughout his interview with police that Myers was the person who he had chased, based on physical description.”

There has been nearly a year of unanswered questions regarding the case of VonDerrit Myers, even posed by the manager of Shaw Market, where Myers purchased a sandwich just minutes before his death.

When Myers was in the store he was not wearing a hoodie, and due to the fit of his clothing, witnesses, including the store owner, believe he could not possibly have been armed.

Initially, the ST. Louis Police stated that Flanery was performing a “pedestrian check” when Myers fled on foot, claiming Flanery then pursued him and Myers turned around and fired upon the off duty officer.

The story changed later that evening to claim that Myers jumped from behind some bushes, yet there are no bushes where the incident occurred, and a struggle ensued where Myers eventually pulled a gun and fired on Flanery.

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The next day police gave up the bush story after being corrected on social media and went back to the “Myers turned and fired” story, claiming in a statement:

“An officer working department-approved secondary for a security company, wearing a St. Louis Police Officer’s uniform was in the 4100 block of Shaw when he attempted a pedestrian check. The male suspect fled on foot. The officer pursued the suspect. The suspect turned and fired a gun at the officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer returned fire striking the suspect, fatally wounding him. The officer was not injured. A gun was recovered from the scene. The officer is a 32-year old white male. He has been on the force for 6 years. The suspect is a black male believed to be 18-20 years old. As is department policy, the officer has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing.”

In the press conference another 24 hours after that one, the story changed yet again to claim that Myers turned towards Flanery aggressively causing a struggle to ensue, and that Flanery had ripped Myers sweat shirt off.

Three days after the shooting the story changed, again, when a spokesperson for the police claimed that Myers had fallen on the ground and then began shooting at Flanery.

Interestingly, Flanery had recently been involved in a similar tale.

On June 11, 2014, Officer Flanery was present when another officer named James Zwilling alleged that a black man named Keyon Bennett had pointed a weapon at him and fired it.  This month, Bennett was on trial for four felony charges relating to the encounter with Zwilling.

On September 23, the jury ruled that they did not believe the testimonies of Bennett and Flanery, and further stated that they did not believe that Bennett had a gun at all.

The encounter with Bennett was less than four months before Flanery would go on to kill Myers.

Flanery had been on the force for six years and had been previously charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon before becoming a police officer. Ironic, since the media has repeatedly used a photo of VonDerrit Myers holding guns as a means to character assassinate him.

In May, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced that no charges will be filed against Officer Flanery for the killing of Myers.

He continues to patrol the streets, even working protests against police shootings.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info