Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson: Timeline of events
Here's a look at the latest key developments after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wednesday, Aug. 20(Credit: AP / Curtis Compton)
Police said they made 47 arrests early Wednesday, mainly of people who defied orders to disperse and some of whom began throwing objects at officers. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to arrive in Ferguson on Wednesday.
Tuesday, Aug. 19(Credit: AP / Curtis Compton)
Ferguson still had plenty of lively protest Tuesday, but the overall scene was more subdued than the past five nights, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations and no tear gas. Tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers.
Monday, Aug. 18(Credit: Getty Images / Joe Raedle)
A pathologist hired by the family says an independent autopsy determined that Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. A bullet wound to his right arm may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, but the autopsy team can't be sure without more information, the pathologist said.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calls the National Guard to Ferguson to help restore order and lifts the curfew imposed two days earlier.
Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said Monday night bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, he said.
Sunday, Aug. 17(Credit: AP / Charlie Riedel)
Hundreds of protesters left peacefully before the midnight curfew, but those who refused were subjected to tear gas and seven were arrested.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asks for a federal medical examiner to do its own autopsy on Brown’s body.
Saturday, Aug. 16(Credit: Getty Images / Joshua Lott)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency, and imposes a mandatory midnight curfew in Ferguson.
Before the midnight curfew, business owners were seen carrying assault weapons in response to the previous night of rioting and looting.
Friday, Aug. 15(Credit: AP)
Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force, is identified as the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown. Police also release documents and security footage alleging Brown had been suspected of stealing cigars from a convenience store earlier that day, but say Wilson did not know Brown was suspected in the robbery when he shot him and the events are unrelated.
Protesters accused police of trying to deflect attention away from the officer while smearing Brown’s name. Peaceful protests continued until about midnight when a large crowd broke into the convenience store that Brown allegedly robbed.
Thursday, Aug. 14(Credit: AP)
The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of Ferguson law enforcement and tensions seem to ease as protests take a lighter tone and violence subsides. Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who grew up in the area, is put in command. Johnson is black, a contrast from the nearly all-white Ferguson police force. Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama delivered a statement, asking for “peace and calm” in Ferguson and calling for restraint by all involved.
Wednesday, Aug. 13(Credit: AP)
Tensions in Ferguson turned violent on the fourth night of protests as people returned to the streets to face heavily armed police in riot gear who, at times, pointed weapons at them from armored trucks.
Protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Police arrested two reporters covering the shooting while they were working from a McDonald’s, and they fired tear gas at an Al Jazeera television crew setting up their equipment to report.
Earlier on Wednesday, a St. Louis County police officer shot and wounded a man who authorities say pulled a handgun on the officer.
Tuesday, Aug. 12(Credit: AP / Jeff Roberson)
The Rev. Al Sharpton flies to St. Louis to speak at a news conference and urges police to release the name of the officer who shot Brown. Police said death threats prompted them to withhold the name of the officer, who was placed on administrative leave after the shooting.
Monday, Aug. 11(Credit: AP / Robert Cohen)
Tactical police officers arrive in Ferguson to help control protests and the FBI announces it is investigating possible civil rights violations in the shooting.
On Monday night, police used tear gas and fired "bean bag" rounds after a crowd turned rowdy, throwing rocks and bottles at officers. More than three dozen people have been arrested since the protests began.
Sunday, Aug. 10(Credit: AP / Sid Hastings)
Hundreds of residents protest outside the Ferguson police headquarters, some chanting “Don’t shoot me” while holding their hands in the air.
That night, thousands attend a candlelight vigil for Brown but it turns chaotic as protesters smashed car windows and looted local stores, the AP reported.
Saturday, Aug. 9(Credit: AP / David Carson)
Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American, is shot by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., while he was walking down the street with a friend. Varied and vague accounts of the confrontation have helped fuel the community’s unrest after the shooting.
By that night, the community comes together to mourn and public protests begin.