Michael Brown and Ferguson: The Story in Photos

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Bryan Sutter, Theo Welling, Tom Carlson

The cover of the August 14, 2014, edition of the Riverfront Times.

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was walking with a friend on the 2900 block of Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri, when the two came across a Ferguson police officer. What happened next is unclear, but after a series of gunshots, Michael Brown was lying face down in the street in a pool of blood. He was dead, shot repeatedly by officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran. Brown was unarmed, and many witnesses say he had his hands raised in the air at the time he was shot.

In the days following the shooting, there have been outpourings of support, sorrow, and anger from celebrities and community members alike. Many have taken to the streets of Ferguson to protest. What began as a peaceful demonstration turned increasingly violent, and the protests turned into riots. Now two others have been shot in separate incidents, and the tension surrounding Brown's death continues to permeate St. Louis and the country.

The photographs above were taken by Riverfront Times photographers and writers as well as by contributors. A number of different cameras and cell phones were used.

See also:
- Our full coverage of Michael Brown's death and Ferguson's unrest here.
- Slideshow: Hundreds Gather in NYC to Protest Michael Brown's Death
- Slideshow: Michael Brown Protest in Downtown Miami
- Slideshow: Ferguson Protestors Rally in Denver
- Slideshow: Several Arrested in NYC During March Against Police Brutality
- Why the Outrage After Michael Brown's Death Was Different From the Outrage After Eric Garner's Death

Published on August 14, 2014

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chuthulutheevilone
chuthulutheevilone

SomeDude888...do all blacks look the same to you? That's not him...so STFU...

brownpar
brownpar

You people look for any justification for the killing of Black people, over and over and over.  It is as your ancestors justified slavery, killing Native Americans and stealing their land, beating of Black people, hanging of Black people (he looked at a white woman, went into an all-white bathroom, whatever) and in 2014 are still referring to them as animals or uncivilized.  God help you. Have you no shame of your own history, no humility. No, you are self-righteous, superior (not really). I do think that it is inherent in your race, passed on from your ancestors " the sins of the fathers are passed on for generations . . . "  I do believe that there is a special section in hell for you, and don't worry, it will be upfront!

sybil10
sybil10

I am not justifying any unnecessary police action.  The police officer needed medical treatment at a hospital  for wounds received from Michael Brown.  However, Michael doesn't seem like the sweet innocent "gentle giant" .  This also needs to come out in the investigation and not covered up.  And I think "all witnesses" need to take a polygraph.  Is this true; someone needs to get to the real truth and if the PO had reasons to fear for his life: Michael rap sheet?


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Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1401000

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Description: Assault 1st Degree - Serious Physical Injury { Felony A RSMo: 565.050 }

Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1301100

OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

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Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 3101000

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They did the same thing in the Trayvon Martin case by showing his photo when he was a kid in Jr High vs his mugshot and arrest records.  This is so deceptive and a slap in the face to decent folks who want the whole truth.

sheldon.shimlocker
sheldon.shimlocker

@brownpar ...  Well, if we are going to talk about ancestors, here is a news flash for you. The people who sold the slaves were your ancestors. The people who put an end to slavery were the ancestors of white people.


But, continue on with your rant. It might actually distract you from all of the blacks killing other blacks that has become so commonplace in America. 

sheldon.shimlocker
sheldon.shimlocker

@sybil10 ... that police report is actually for a different Michael Brown. However, there are enough pictures of Michael flashing gang signs and waving a pistol along with his actions on the day he was killed that leave no doubt in any rational person's mind that he was every bit a thug.

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

@sybil10 That must be your daddy's record.   MICHAEL BROWN HAD NO CRIMINAL RECORD!    DIRTY DOG.    YOU are a LYING sack of dog excretions.      ST. LOUIS COUNTY – An 18-year-old shot and killed near a Ferguson apartment complex Saturday afternoon had no criminal record, according to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

According to police, Brown pushed an officer into his car. Then, both struggled and at some point, Brown reached for the officer's weapon before a shot inside of the car followed by a number of other shots. Brown was not armed.

St. Louis County Prosecutor's office confirmed that Brown had no prior misdemeanors or felonies against him.

preliminary autopsy showed Brown died from gunshot wounds. An official autopsy will be released at a later date.

Wednesday afternoon, Brown's body was turned over to his family.

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

@sybil10 Will you please stop being STUPID.  You know damned well that shooting was NOT justified.  What color is your sheet?

brownpar
brownpar

@sheldon.shimlocker @brownpar Stop pretending you are an authority on my people.  You know nothing about them and whites erased as much of out history as they could, including our language, our heritage, even beat my ancestors for trying to read and write.  And let's not forget what they did to the Native American and the American Japanese with internment camps.Shut up, you idiot! Your response is a canned rationalization I hear always use for slavery, "sold by their own people", so this justifies the inhumane treatment of Black people for centuries.  The other and more recent is: "they kill each other, they are animals, their life is worth nothing, so why should it be worth something to us".  What a crock, only you who need justification for you prior and recent evils believe and spread this crap.

Examine your heart brother and look at yourself in the mirror and, I think, if you are honest, you will not like what you see or maybe you will "and the beat goes on".  Read the teachings of Jesus Christ as He brought us a "new commandment, to love one another".  Look at how you disrespect your own President, who is a good man, a brilliant man, and hell he's half white.  You hate him because he is Black.  For no other reason.   But you claim other reasons, don't you? Sure you do.  . . .

I hate no one, but I do speak the truth and though you might not like it, it is the truth.  I pity you! I am done here.

brownpar,

MBA

CPA

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

@sybil10  Reaching for an Officers weapon is like committing suicide.  IT's a DAMNED LIE and you know it.  WTH is wrong with you people?  Why do you hate us so much?  Why?

yesman209
yesman209

@Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia @sybil10

Ummmm.  By your logic we can conclude just or unjust acts without an investigation. Therefore the police officer, if not justified, did exactly what you are preaching.  Also, to determine if a police officer's use of deadly force was just or unjust is a subjective test and NOT an objective one.  This means the suspect does not have to be armed in fact; he simply needs to put the safety of the officer (or others)  in question... subjectively.  You do understand this... right?

killer189
killer189

@Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia @sybil10 If it was another black thug killing him, you wouldn't say a damn thing.  Just because he's white its not a race thing.  Get over yourself.  YOU are the one that keeps racism alive and well!

kirt611
kirt611

@Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia @sybil10 how do you know it wasn't justified? were you at the scene? or is it you just believe everything you hear from the media? No one will know the facts until the investigation is finished.... you sound like another foolish person that doesn't think before speaking!

sheldon.shimlocker
sheldon.shimlocker

@Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia @sybil10 ... and you know it is a lie because what ......... because you don't want to accept the facts ..... because you need an excuse to loot ....... because you think Michael's accomplice that day would rob a store but would never speak anything but the truth ....... what?

brownpar
brownpar

@kirt611 you white people always look for justification for your evil, like your justification for slavery, your justification for torturing, beating and hanging Black people (he looked at a white woman).  Do you have no shame. I don't think you can help it, think it is inherent from your ancestors. Your hearts are so full of hate.  God help you.  There is a special section in hell for you, and don't worry, it's up front.

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