Police Practices

The Shooting Death of Michael Brown

12.10.14

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Brown, an 18-year-old African American man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer. The disputed circumstances of the shooting, the failure of the grand jury to issue an indictment on November 24, 2014, and the resultant protests and civil unrest have drawn considerable attention nationally, and have sparked debate about law enforcement’s relationship with African Americans, police use of force and racial profiling.

Related media stories and editorials:
» “The Killing of an Unarmed Teen: What We Know About Brown’s Death” – NBCNews
» “Ferguson: A Week After The Death Of Michael Brown” – St. Louis Public Radio
» “Why Ferguson might prompt real change” – Politico
» “Timeline: Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.” – USAToday
» “Ferguson, Still Tense, Grows Calmer” – The New York Times