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.
An officer gives water to a detained protester after they blocked rush-hour traffic in both directions on Interstate 70 near the Blanchette Bridge in Earth City, Mo., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.
Sunday, March 15(Credit: AP / St. Louis County Police Department)
Jeffrey Williams, 20, was charged with shooting two police officers watching over a demonstration early in the morning of March 12, 2015, outside the Ferguson Police Department. Williams attended a protest there earlier that night but told investigators he wasn't targeting the officers, officials said. Several activists who have been involved in the protests since the Aug. 9, 2014, fatal shooting of Michael Brown told The Associated Press they were not familiar with Williams.
Thursday, March 12(Credit: AP / Jeff Roberson)
Dozens of people took part in a candlelight vigil Thursday night, March 12, 2015, in downtown Ferguson, Mo., near the city's police department. They expressed sympathy for the two police officers – who were shot in front of the police department just after midnight Thursday during a protest following the resignation of Ferguson's police chief – and prayed for peace. Both injured officers were released from the hospital Thursday. A larger crowd of about 200 protesters gathered outside the police department after the vigil, but no arrests were made.
Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday, March 12, 2015, authorities said, at a protest following Police Chief Thomas Jackson’s resignation. The injured officers were from nearby Webster Groves, Mo. and St. Louis County, said the county’s police chief, Jon Belmar. The shooting happened after some protesters chanted their dissatisfaction with Jackson and City Manager John Shaw’s resignations, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Above, police in Ferguson mobilize to search for a gunman after the officers were shot.
Monday, March 9-Wednesday, March 11(Credit: AP / Jeff Roberson)
Ferguson’s police chief, Thomas Jackson, resigned Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in the wake of the Justice Department’s report that called the city’s law enforcement practices discriminatory and unconstitutional. The agency called for sweeping changes, making 26 recommendations. The resignation, effective March 19, followed the Ferguson City Council's unanimous decision on Tuesday to part ways with City Manager John Shaw, effective immediately, and Municipal Court Judge Ronald Brockmeyer's resignation on Monday. Above, Jackson at a news conference in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 15, 2014.
Thursday, March 5(Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast)
Lawyers for Michael Brown’s parents announced that they would file a wrongful death civil lawsuit in his death, saying that the City of Ferguson and Wilson would be named. Above, attorney Daryl Parks, center, spoke with reporters as Brown's parents Lesley McSpadden, left, and Michael Brown Sr., right, listened during a news conference Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Dellwood, Mo. Neither McSpadden nor Brown spoke or took questions.
Wednesday, March 4(Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast,)
The Justice Department said Wednesday, March 4, 2015, that it will not charge Wilson because there wasn’t evidence that he willfully deprived Brown of his rights by using force beyond what police are legally empowered to use. But the agency did call for substantial change in the Ferguson Police Department, saying that it had engaged in a pattern of racial abuse against African-Americans. Above, protesters block traffic on the street outside the police department on March 4.
Wednesday, Dec. 24(Credit: AP / St. Louis Post-Dispatch / David Carson)
Police try to control a crowd at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, where earlier Antonio Martin, 18, was shot dead by police. On Tuesday night, a Berkeley police officer fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him, St. Louis police said. Berkeley is a few miles from Ferguson. Berkeley officials announced the following week that a city investigation determined that the police officer, who is white, was in fear for his life and justified to shoot Martin, who was black.
Saturday, Nov. 29(Credit: St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office)
Officer Darren Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, effective immediately, one of his attorneys announced. He had been on paid administrative leave since he shot Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. After the grand jury’s decision not to bring charges against him, Wilson told ABC News that he could not have done anything differently in the fatal encounter – saying he has a clean conscience because “I know I did my job right.”
Monday, Nov. 24(Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson)
After the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not face charges, violent demonstrations broke out in Ferguson, prompting police to respond with tear gas, smoke bombs and other riot policing measures on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. See more photos.
A grand jury decided not to bring charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9, 2014. In photos released after the verdict was announced, Wilson's injuries were considered by the grand jury in his claim that he acted in self-defense. See the rest of the photos here.
Monday, Nov. 17(Credit: Getty Images / Michael B. Thomas)
Protesters march in a peaceful protest in the streets of Clayton, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Wednesday, Oct. 22(Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson)
Police face off with demonstrators outside the police station as protests continue in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown's death on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. The protest was scheduled to coincide with a day of action planned to take place nationwide to draw attention to police brutality.
Saturday, Oct. 11(Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast)
Protesters arrive at the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, for a rally in remembrance of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Friday, Oct. 10(Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast)
A young boy joins protesters as they gather across the street from the Ferguson, Mo., police station on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in a continuing protest of the shooting of Michael Brown.
Saturday, Sept. 27(Credit: AP / Susan Walsh)
The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., said they were unmoved by the Ferguson police chief's apology in their son's shooting death by a police officer. Instead, Brown's parents told The Associated Press they would rather see an arrest, and Brown Sr. said he wants the police officer "in handcuffs."
Thursday, Sept. 25(Credit: AP)
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson apologizes to the Brown family and the community in a video released to the public that acknowledges that Michael Brown’s body remained in the street for too long after he was killed.
But just hours after the apology was issued, police and protesters clashed in a protest outside the department.
Tuesday, Sept. 23(Credit: AP / Jeff Roberson)
A teddy bear memorial was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. Police said the responding officer tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames but the event triggered protests that night. Two police officers were injured, five people were arrested and storefronts were damaged.
Before this, the streets of Ferguson had been quiet, though tensions remain as activists continue to call for the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson and for St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch to be replaced by a special prosecutor. Earlier in September, it was announced that the St. Louis grand jury had been given an extension on deciding whether to charge Wilson.
Monday, Aug. 25(Credit: EPA)
Michael Brown is laid to rest. During his funeral, his mother, Lesley McSpadden, inside the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo.
Wednesday, Aug. 20(Credit: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florrissant, Mo. In Ferguson, Holder offered assurances about the investigation into Brown’s death and met with investigators and Brown’s family. In nearby Clayton, a grand jury begins hearing evidence to determine whether the officer should be charged in Brown’s death. Protesters return to the streets but in diminished numbers and with far fewer arrests.
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.
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.
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.
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.