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Protester near scene where officer was shot: Goal of sign is to start dialogue

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -- A man who held a controversial sign while protesting near the scene of where a St. Louis police officer was shot said the sign was meant to make people uncomfortable and make a point.

Dhoruba Shakur held up a sign that read “How does it feel” while standing very close to where a St. Louis officer was shot in Central West End.  Shakur said the goal of the sign was to produce a strong reaction and start a conversation about the issues that have surfaced since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown.

“The whole point of the sign is it’s supposed to be uncomfortable, so people come and start conversation as to why I’m here and why I would say such a thing we could start to have a dialogue,” Shakur said. “It’s pretty much a question of how does it feel to have that violence come back at you, that does not mean I condone it.”

News 4 questioned if Shakur was equating an alleged ambush of a uniformed police officer with an officer using deadly force in face of a threat. Shakur’s response was clear.

“If a cop goes and shoots someone, it should be no different than these people who supposedly tried to assassinate this officer. Everyone should be treated equally, I think you can compare,” Shakur said.

Several people who drove by either ignored Shakur or reacted negatively to the sign. One woman used an obscene gesture.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay described the sign as disturbing but said it is not representative of the city.

“There’s a lot of people out there not holding signs, far more people that are not holding signs that know the importance of the police and risks they take in protection us and protecting our community,” Slay said.

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