August 14, 2014 Slideshows

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Michael Brown and Ferguson: The Story in Photos 

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

Bryan Sutter, Theo Welling, Tom Carlson
The cover of the August 14, 2014, edition of the Riverfront Times.
Courtesy of the family
Barely 24 hours after a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, his family wanted people to know that Brown was a shy, nonviolent kid who loved music and wanted to go to college.
Ray Downs
On August 10 in Ferguson, protesters held a vigil for Michael Brown. The event started out peacefully, with many people holding signs and candles as they faced hundreds of cops in riot gear. But as the night wore on, vigil candle lights gave way to smash
Mitch Ryals
By 9:30 a.m. August 11, with the smoke and violence of the previous night's looting and riots gone, a crowd of some 50 demonstrators arrived in front of Ferguson's police and fire departments to continue the protests over the death of Michael Brown. By 1
Jessica Lussenhop
"Every time something would happen he would rap about it," explains Brown's grandmother Desuirea Harris."'Oh, you gotta hear this, oh, you gotta hear this.' ...He was excited. He was excited about life."
Danny Wicentowski
Theo Welling
Theo Welling
MSNBC screenshot
"We have reached out to him and looked for him on numerous occasions. We've also contacted his friends," St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said. "We reached out to his attorney's office, we put a call in to his attorney, and we're waiting
Danny Wicentowski
The armored vehicles, equipped with sound cannons, remained parked in the street just south of the QuikTrip. Lying prone on top of one of them, an officer peered down the scope of his rifle, which he had trained directly at the crowd. Within only 30 minu
Ray Downs
Protester Stanyale Riley captured video of police marching in riot gear and launching tear gas toward a small group of protesters.
Bryan Sutter
After meetings all over the St. Louis area called for peace, dialogue and justice on August 12, another drama-filled night took place on West Florissant, near the QuikTrip that burned on August 10 night and not far from where Reverend Al Sharpton appeare
Jessica Lussenhop
At the end of his remarks, Al Sharpton made a plea directed at the QuikTrip demonstrators in the crowd, in particular the young men. "I want 100 brothers to come up here," he said.
YouTube screenshot
Following the August 12 announcement that Ferguson police officials refused to disclose the name of the officer who shot Brown, #OpFurguson went after St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar's daughter directly.
Mitch Ryals
The demonstration on August 12 began outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center with civil-rights activist Anthony Shahid using a pair of stuffed dogs and a noose around his neck as props to drive home his message.
Jessica Lussenhop
Feeling helpless? Wish you could do something to stop the violence on TV and in your social-media streams? You're not alone.
Danny Wicentowski
Ray Downs
The unrest in Ferguson is largely being portrayed as a racial clash between the town's African-American community and a largely white police force. And it pretty much is. But even a white-haired white lady can run afoul of the increasingly militarized po
White House screenshot
"Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground," Obama said on August 14.
Bryan Sutter
Rapper Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, DJ Drama and more performed at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on August 12, commenting on the region's tension and wearing shirts with Michael Brown's name and the "serenity prayer" on them.
Bryan Sutter
Mitch Ryals
"We never had no problems in this neighborhood, never had trouble. Now you got people from other neighborhoods coming in and tearing our stuff up," said Ferguson resident Derrick Thomas.
Pat Kohm
Danny Wicentowski
"I grew up here," Captain Ronald Johnson told reporters. "This is currently my community and my home...I understand the anger and fear of the citizens of Ferguson, and our officers will respect both of those." Pictured: A St. Louis County police officer
@aaroncynic on Twitter
Masses gathered peacefully at community landmarks, on college campuses and near justice centers in Philadelphia, Miami, New York and beyond for fellowship, with participants often raising their hands in the now-familiar "Don't shoot" gesture and posting
Ray Downs
"The militarization is the main factor," Stacey Burnaugh said. "It instigated people to allegedly throw things. It's the main factor in amping up the anger. But I also think it's the main factor in the turnout today. So while they think they can intimida
Jessica Lussenhop
"This is not just for Mike Mike," said Anthony Livingston. "This is for everybody." Michael Brown's cousins all tell the same story -- just days before he was shot and killed, Brown had been telling everyone that he was going to be famous. "But he was th
Danny Wicentowski
Local media reports earlier this week warned that the New Black Panthers were coming to town and could incite violence against police officers. On August 14, Daily RFT observed something very different: Roughly half a dozen Black Panthers directed cars t
Ray Downs
Wearing a T-shirt with the name "Mike Brown" airbrushed in intricate cursive, "Django" rode Shiloh to the spot where Brown was shot multiple times by a still-unidentified Ferguson Police officer and spent a moment honoring his memory.
Lindsay Toler
A Ferguson Police officer named Darren Wilson, an officer with six years on the force and no disciplinary record, is the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, says chief Tom Jackson.
Surveillance footage
In a sixteen-page incident report about the robbery, police redacted the name of the store where Michael Brown and his alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Dorian Johnson, are said to have stolen a box of Swisher Sweets cigars valued at $48.99.
Rise Coffee House on Facebook
Danny Wicentowski
But the peace broke at Ferguson Market, where an angry crowd of about 200 rioters surrounded officers protecting the store, according to media interviews with Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.
juliejay00 on Instagram
The morning after a tumultuous night, community champions braved a downpour to purchase fresh produce and share a few smiles in a town that has been at the epicenter of international news after the shooting death of resident teen Michael Brown on August
Danny Wicentowski
In an ongoing effort to calm the tension between citizens and police forces after the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Nixon thanked both groups for working together during the relatively peaceful August
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Bryan Sutter, Theo Welling, Tom Carlson
The cover of the August 14, 2014, edition of the Riverfront Times.

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