By Maria Medina

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is opening up old wounds for some in Sacramento who remember an unarmed black teenager that was shot by a white police officer in the 1970s.

“A young man lost his life and as i have come to understand he was doing nothing wrong,” said Sacramento City Councilman Allen Warren.

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He was just a boy in December 1972, but he remembers the pain in his community.

“There was a deep pain in our community, and with that pain came the deep mistrust,” he said.

Raymond Brewer, a 15-year-old star athlete, was shot and killed by a Sacramento Police sergeant who thought the teen and his friends were an armed group of robbers. It turns out, Brewer had a broom he used to fend off dogs in the neighborhood.

“And i believe it was unjustified,” Warren said.

The shooting death created tension in the community, leading to protests and city leaders demanding an investigation and a review of police methods.

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That sergeant’s name was Sam Somers. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because his son, with the same name, is Sacramento’s chief of police.

“I think it has made me a better police chief,” said the younger Somers.

The chief says the experience has made him the leader his is today, and Warren agrees.

“That incident has served to make Sam a better police officer, to give him some of the sensitivity training that you know i think that all officers should have,” Warren said.

“I have that historical perspective,” Somers said. “You have to know your history to know where you’re going right.”

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A judge ruled the older Somers did nothing wrong in the 1972 shooting.