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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. Read "Family of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life."
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 smashed windows. Read "Peaceful Protest for Mike Brown Before Riot Police and Looting Takes Over."
Bryan Sutter
Nobody is robbing St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio anytime soon. Or County Guns, for that matter. Read "Ferguson Riots: North County Business Owners (Some Armed) Survey the Damage."
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 10 a.m., the crowd swelled to several hundred. Read "After Night of Looting in Ferguson, Protesters March Looking for Answers."
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." Read "The Rap Music of Mike Brown, Slain Ferguson Teenager."
Danny Wicentowski
Police and SWAT forces were out in force in Ferguson on August 11, and they used armored vehicles, rubber bullets and tear gas to clear groups of protesters and pedestrians from roads, parking lots and, occasionally, residents' own backyards. Read "Police to Ferguson Bystanders: 'You Are in the Middle of a War Zone.'"
Ray Downs
On August 11, police in riot gear marched down West Florissant Avenue, ordering people to leave the area and firing tear gas onto the streets. Police even fired tear gas into the backyard of a home where several people held their "hands up" in what's become a symbol of protest over the shooting of Michael Brown. Read "Police in Ferguson Fire Tear Gas on Protesters Standing in Their Own Backyard."
Theo Welling
"If you have any information please, please give it to us," said Michael Brown Sr. "We want everything. We want this done. We want to do this right. I don't want no violence -- we don't want no violence." Read "Michael Brown Family: We 'Reject' Ferguson Police Version of Teen's Death."
Lindsay Toler
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says he expected the FBI to join the investigation because of the "magnitude" of the shooting, which spurred violent looters to burn businesses and fire gun shots August 10 after a peaceful vigil in Brown's honor. At the podium is St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, during a press conference on August 11. Read "FBI Launches Independent Investigation into Shooting Death of Michael Brown."
Theo Welling
"Martin Luther King did not live and die that we might steal in the name of justice in the middle of the night," NAACP President Cornell Brooks said August 11. "He lived and died that we might see justice in the middle of the day!" Read "NAACP Leader Calls for Restraint in Ferguson, Demands "Unfiltered" Truth in Teen's Shooting."
Kathryn Banks
Erica Hampton's friend lives near the QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue that was looted and burned August 10, so that's where she, her son, her four-year-old daughter headed on Monday morning, ready to get to work. Armed with shovels donated from Home Depot, the volunteer cleaning crew cleared the parking lot, which was covered in food wrappers and trash as well as burned debris. Read "Volunteers Clean Up at Ferguson QuikTrip, Get Yelled At for 'Helping the White Man."
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"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 on a return phone call." Read "Why Police Haven't Interviewed Michael Brown Shooting Witness Dorian Johnson."
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 minutes, and without any violence or crime committed by those assembled, the scene in Ferguson had moved from peaceful protest to occupied territory. Read "Peaceful Crowd of Protesters Dispersed By Heavily Militarized Police Force In Ferguson."
Ray Downs
Protester Stanyale Riley captured video of police marching in riot gear and launching tear gas toward a small group of protesters. "Tear gas. Just like that. That's what they feel about your civil liberties. You have no rights in the United States. Trust and believe me," Riley says in the video. Read "Police Accused of Unnecessary Force as Third Night of Ferguson Protests End with Tear Gas."
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 appeared with Michael Brown's family. Read "Two Shot in Separate Incidents During Another Tense Night in Ferguson."
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. Read "Rev. Al Sharpton Recruits 'Justice Disciples' to Restore Order to Ferguson."
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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. Read "Anonymous Threatens STL County Police Chief's Daughter, Then Backtracks."
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. Read "Clayton Protest Over Michael Brown's Killing Stresses Peaceful Solution to Unrest."
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. Read "7 Peaceful Ways to Respond to Michael Brown's Death, Ferguson Unrest."
Ray Downs
Police say people who want to cause violence are taking over peaceful demonstrations late at night. August 12's demonstration ended bloodily as two people were shot, one by a St. Louis County police officer, after hours of peaceful demonstrations. Read "Ferguson Police to Protesters: Stop Protesting Here At Night."
Danny Wicentowski
The cops decided it was time to force the protesters out. One officer shouted through a megaphone, "Leave the area immediately! The peaceful protest is no longer peaceful!" Read "Tear Gas and Terror During Wednesday Night's Ferguson Protest."
Bryan Sutter
"The Al Jazeera crew were in a place we believed to be safe," reporter Ash-Har Quraishi said. "Soon afterwards people started running towards us, saying they were being fired on with rubber bullets. Rubber bullets were fired on us, and then a canister. We had to retreat into the neighborhood." Read "Watch Police in Ferguson Arrest, Tear Gas Journalists [VIDEO]."
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 police presence in Ferguson. Read "Nun Threatened with Arrest in Ferguson; Residents Bemoan Police Presence."
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"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. Read "President Obama Demands Calmness from Police, Citizens in Ferguson."
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. Read "Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy Pay Tribute to Michael Brown at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater."
Bryan Sutter
"These are kids. These are human beings," Jeezy said during the Hot 104.1 broadcast. "This is somebody's baby, this is somebody's grandson, this is somebody's uncle, brother, cousin.... There has to be justice." Read "Young Jeezy Visits Ferguson, Talks to 104.1 FM about Michael Brown."
YouTube screenshot
As protests and unrest continue with no end in sight, St. Louis' own musicians begin to cope through their craft. Read "St. Louis Hip-Hop Artists Prince Ea and MME Release New Pieces Inspired by Michael Brown."
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. Read "St. Louisans From Far and Wide Clean Up Ferguson After Protests."
Pat Kohm
With so much bad news coming out of Ferguson this week, it's reassuring to see people building up the community and supporting each other. In that spirit, here are five of Gut Check's favorite Ferguson restaurants that could use some love. Read "5 Ferguson Restaurants You Should Visit This Week."
Danny Wicentowski
Police have not interviewed Britton Esreal, who is still recovering from being shot, and it's unclear if he was part of the protests against police that have rocked Ferguson all week, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. He was shot on August 13 only about a mile from the protests. Read "Britton Esreal, Teen Shot by Police in Ferguson, Charged with Assault, Pulling a Gun on Cops."
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 during a Ferguson gathering this week. Read "Missouri Highway Patrol Will Take Command in Ferguson Operations."
@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 photos to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. It's been reported that more than 100 cities held #NMOS14 events. Read "Boston, New York, Chicago, More Say 'Hands Up' for Michael Brown, Ferguson."
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 intimidate us with their military-style oppression of the people that pay for it, all it does is inspire us more." Read "Police Ease Up On Ferguson Protesters, But Reasons for Protest Not Forgotten."
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 thinking it'd be for his music," said Darris Johnson. Read "Mike Brown's Family Observes Last Night's Peaceful March: 'He's a Legend.'"
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 through the traffic-choked street in front of the burned-out QuikTrip. Read "New Black Panther Party Maintains Peace in Ferguson, Directs Traffic During Protest."
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. Read "Honoring Michael Brown: Why One Man Marched in Ferguson on Horseback."
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. Read Ferguson Police Release Name of Michael Brown Shooter, Details of a Robbery.
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. Read "Michael Brown Police Report: Photos Suggest Robbery Beforehand, Limited Other Details."
Rise Coffee House on Facebook
There are many journalists, concerned citizens and out-of-town media covering Ferguson and that means makeshift offices and workspaces. If you need somewhere to go, try Rise Coffee House in the Grove. Read "Rise Coffee Offering Free Java to Journalists Covering Ferguson Protests."
Chad Garrison
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released security-camera footage on August 15 of Michael Brown allegedly robbing a box of Swisher Sweets from a convenience store at the same time that he named Darren Wilson as the officer who shot Brown. The dual release -- along with the timeline provided by Jackson -- seemed to imply Wilson knew Brown was a robbery suspect when he stopped him. Six hours after releasing the robbery information, Jackson clarified that the robbery isn't directly related to the reason Wilson stopped Brown. Read "Ferguson Officer Stopped Michael Brown for Walking in Street, Not Robbery: Police Chief."
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. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd and remove officers behind the line set up at West Florissant and Ferguson avenues. Read "Ferguson Protesters Protect Stores from Looters, Riots As Police Hold Back."
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 9. Read "Ferguson Farmers Market Flourishes Despite Rain After Tense Night."
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 14 and August 15 protests and declared his support for protesters' First Amendment rights. But the late-night looting in Ferguson by a few individuals last night forced his hand, he said. Read "Gov. Jay Nixon Declares State of Emergency, Imposes Curfew on Ferguson."
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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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