August 14, 2014

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

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The cover of the August 14, 2014, edition of the Riverfront Times.
Bryan Sutter, Theo Welling, Tom Carlson
The cover of the August 14, 2014, edition of the Riverfront Times.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
"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."
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."
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.'"
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.'"
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."
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."
"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."
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."
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."
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."