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Michael Brown

Poilice black police shooting victim

Died when: 18 years 81 days (218 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


Michael Brown

On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St.

Louis.Brown was accompanied by his 22-year-old male friend Dorian Johnson, who later stated that Brown had robbed a convenience store before the shooting occurred.

Wilson, a white male Ferguson police officer, said that an altercation ensued when Brown attacked him in his police vehicle for control of Wilson's service pistol.

The struggle continued until the pistol fired.Johnson said that Wilson initiated a confrontation by grabbing Brown by the neck through Wilson's patrol car window, threatening him and then shooting at him.

At this point, both Wilson and Johnson state that Brown and Johnson fled, with Wilson pursuing Brown shortly thereafter.Wilson stated that Brown stopped and charged him after a short pursuit.

Johnson contradicted this account, stating that Brown turned around with his hands raised after Wilson shot at his back.According to Johnson, Wilson then shot Brown multiple times until Brown fell to the ground.

In the entire altercation, Wilson fired a total of twelve bullets, including twice during the struggle in the car.Brown was struck six times, all in the front of his body.

This event ignited unrest in Ferguson.Witnesses to the shooting claimed Brown had his hands up in surrender or said "don't shoot", so protesters later used the slogan "Hands up, don't shoot".

A subsequent FBI investigation said that there was no evidence that Brown had done so.Protests, both peaceful and violent, continued for more than a week in Ferguson; police later established a nightly curfew.The response of area police agencies in dealing with the protests was strongly criticized by both the media and politicians.

Concerns were raised over insensitivity, tactics, and a militarized response.Missouri governor Jay Nixon ordered local police organizations to cede much of their authority to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A grand jury was called and given extensive evidence from Robert McCulloch, the St.Louis County Prosecutor.On November 24, 2014, McCulloch announced the St.

Louis County grand jury had decided not to indict Wilson.In March 2015, the U.S.Department of Justice reported the conclusion of its own investigation and cleared Wilson of civil rights violations in the shooting.

It found forensic evidence supported Wilson's account, and that witnesses who corroborated the officer's account were credible.Witnesses who had incriminated him were found to be not credible, with some admitting they had not directly seen the events.

The U.S.Department of Justice concluded that Wilson shot Brown in self-defense.A new St.Louis prosecutor, Wesley Bell, spent five months in 2020 reviewing the case with an eye to charging Wilson with either manslaughter or murder.

In July, Bell announced he would not charge Wilson with any crime.

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