It’s been a month since Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson gunned down unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, setting off nationwide demands, first for justice for Brown’s family, and later, for protesters subjected to shockingly aggressive policing by a militarized force. In just 30 days, “Ferguson” has come to serve as shorthand for police misconduct, racial injustice and the devaluation of black lives. The story’s far from over. But here’s how we got here.
Saturday, Aug. 9: Day of Michael Brown’s death
Michael Brown, 18, is shot and killed by a yet-to-be-named Ferguson, Mo., police officer. His body is left in the street, uncovered, for four hours.
News of Brown’s death quickly spreads on social media as hashtags such as #JusticeForMike become popular. Along with the news of Brown’s death, pictures and videos of his grieving mother and stepfather also spread on social media.
Community members protest outside Ferguson’s police headquarters.
Sunday, Aug. 10: One day after Brown’s death
St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmar states that Brown physically assaulted the still unidentified officer. In Belmar’s account, Brown reached for the officer’s weapon, after which, one shot was fired from within the car before others were fired from outside the vehicle.
Leslie McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., Brown’s parents, hire Benjamin Crump to represent their family.
Protests and vigils formed by Ferguson community members continue to grow.