A Timeline Of The Crisis In Ferguson Since The Death Of Michael Brown

Sorting through the chaos.

1. Aug. 9, 2014

2. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., is shot and killed by a St. Louis County Police officer. He was unarmed.

3. The community is outraged that his body was reportedly left uncovered in broad daylight.

4. Aug. 10, 2014

5. Residents gather at the scene where Brown was killed. They lay rose petals on the blood stains that still remain in the street.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach

6. Vigils are held in the late afternoon and evening.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://J.B. Forbes

7. Twitter users begin circulating #IfTheyGunnedMeDown in response to how the media portrayed Brown while reporting on his death.

8. Residents demand a reason as to why Brown was shot by police. The St. Louis County Police Department refuses to provide the officer’s name or reason for firing on Brown.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach

9. The vigils and demonstrations turn violent as the sun sets.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

10. Local businesses are looted and burned to the ground.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

11. Aug. 11, 2014

12. Protesters shut down Florissant Road in downtown Ferguson.

AP Photo/Sid Hastings

13. Protesters are detained by police. St. Louis Police Department sends riot officers to S. Florissant Road to break up the demonstration.

AP Photo/Sid Hastings

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen


14. Michael Brown’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, hold a press conference. McSpadden described him as a sweet boy who didn’t create problems.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

15. Police officers in riot gear patrol the streets of Ferguson. They fire tear gas into crowds of demonstrations.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

16. Aug. 12, 2014

17. Rev. Al Sharpton arrives in Ferguson. He holds a press conference with Brown’s mother and father on the steps of a local courthouse.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

18. Tensions continue to escalate. Photos of police officers in riot gear confronting unarmed protesters begin going viral on social media.

Whitney Curtis / The New York Times / Redux

19. In Florissant, Mo., Gov. Jay Nixon speaks about Brown’s death at a local church. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles and Police Chief Tom Jackson are with him.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

20. Demonstrators gather in front of the QuikTrip convenience store that was burned down during the first night of protesting and looting.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

21. Protesters gather in the streets of Ferguson for the third night in a row.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

22. Once again, they are met by police officers armed with riot gear and tear gas.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

23. Aug. 13, 2014

24. Protesters gather on W. Florissant Road. Police officers make a line, blocking them from Canfield Avenue.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://J.B. Forbes

25. Acts of solidarity flood social media. Students from Howard University gather and take a photo together with their hands up, mirroring the symbol used by protesters in Ferguson.

Megan Sims / Howard University / Via Twitter: @The_Blackness48

26. At a press conference held by Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal asks if she would be gassed by Ferguson police again. He tells her he hopes not.

27. Ferguson police officers begin teargassing protesters.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

28. Residents clash with law enforcement. In the picture below, a man in the street attempts to throw a tear gas canister back at the police.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

29. Reporters Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post are arrested by Ferguson police and released later Wednesday night.

I just called Ferguson police chief to ask about @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly, told him what I knew. His response: "Oh, God."

— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce)

30. Police officers announce that members of the media should leave the area.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

31. Aug. 14, 2014

32. Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who has extensively covered the Ferguson crisis, is detained by police on Wednesday night and released Thursday morning.

Antonio French released just now #Ferguson

— Laurie Skrivan (@LaurieSkrivan)

33. Police arrested at least 18 other people Wednesday night, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter.

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

34. A Twitter account affiliated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous threatens to leak the personal information of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.


35. The St. Louis County Police Department responds, saying they have identified the wrong person.

@TheAnonMessage Bryan Willman is not even an officer with Ferguson or St. Louis County PD. Do not release more info on this random citizen.

— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd)

36. Twitter suspends the account.

37. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon names Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson to oversee security in Ferguson.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

38. Tensions reportedly grow calmer in the community. Tear gas and rubber bullets are not used.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://J.B. Forbes

39. Twitter user @FeministaJones organizes the National Moment of Silence for Michael Brown. Thousands gather in solidarity in major cities all over the country.

AP Photo/Kerri L. Berney

40. Aug. 15, 2014

41. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of shooting Michael Brown: Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

42. A police report reveals Officer Wilson shot at Brown, believing he was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that occurred at a convenience store shortly before.

AP Photo/Ferguson Police Department

43. Aug. 16, 2014

44. In the early morning Saturday, the relative calm that had begun Thursday is shattered.

According to police, protesters throw rocks and other debris at officers. The officers respond by donning riot gear and firing tear gas into the crowds.

#ferguson police smoke bomb canister that blew up in front of Ferg mkt

— Paul Hampel (@phampel)

#Ferguson just got tear gassed

— VDC Photo News (@VDCphotoNEWS)

48. Later, looters begin ransacking local businesses. A total of five stores are hit before protesters themselves step in and stop the looting.

The cellular phone store looters took over #ferguson

— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro)

52. Later Saturday, police release the video allegedly showing Michael Brown participating in a robbery on Aug. 9. Gov. Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and imposes a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in Ferguson.

Leaders from the community will be out to clear the streets by midnight. Anyone here after that WILL NOT have the support of the community.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)

54. Protests on Saturday evening continue and are non-violent.

55. But as the night progresses, the situation grows more intense.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014.

56. Police try to impose the curfew declared by Gov. Nixon through using tear gas and force, but a group of protesters refuse to leave the streets.

57. Aug. 17, 2014

58. Protesters finally disperse early Sunday morning.

#Ferguson protestors defying curfew: "No justice, no curfew. We want, we want justice!"

— Steph Lecci (@stephlecci)

60. On Sunday, Gov. Nixon announces that a midnight curfew will be in place for a second night.

Livestream screenshot

61. On Sunday night, there are reports that police are attempting to disperse crowds as early as 9 p.m.

Another march on West Florissant, this one younger and less conciliatory. #ferguson #mikebrown

— Joel D. Anderson (@blackink12)

Unfortunately didn't bring t-shirt from car to protect from tear gas. Didn't think it would be fired so early #Ferguson

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly)

More of what was used against crowd of protestors in #Ferguson

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly)

65. It is the most violent night of protests yet.

911 Hair Salon windows smashed. People trying to board up inside

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine)

Setting off more tear gas #Ferguson

— FOX2now (@FOX2now)

Police are taking man away, can't confirm why.. He's yelling. Things are happening fast #ferguson #mikebrown

— Christina Coleman (@ChristinaKSDK)

From earlier, the eight-year-old hit with tear gas #Ferguson

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly)

70. The police claim on Twitter that protesters instigated the violence by throwing Molotov cocktails at them.

Molotov cocktails being thrown at police. Tactical units on scene. Please leave the area!

— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd)

71. A claim which many protesters deny.

A lot of claims that Molotov cocktails were thrown to start this. But some furious, claim they were at the front, nothing thrown. #Ferguson

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine)

72. Aug. 18, 2014

73. Around 2 a.m. Monday morning, a police officer says that there are three shooting victims and a “couple stabbing victims.” At least seven people are arrested for being out past the curfew.

74. Shortly before 3 a.m., Gov. Nixon condemns the violence in Ferguson and calls in the National Guard, without informing the White House.

Gov. Nixon’s statement:

Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk. I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads and overrun the Unified Command Center. These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes. Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community.

Nixon also called off the midnight curfew after the two nights of unrest.

75. An initial autopsy report is released late Monday morning. It shows that Michael Brown was shot six times.

One of the experts who conducted the autopsy, Dr. Michael Baden, says that Brown probably would have survived all but one of the bullets.

“All of the gunshot wounds were survivable except the one at the top of the head that went through the brain,” Dr. Baden says.

Attorneys for the Brown family say that the “kill shot” traveled from a “back to front position,” which is consistent with reports that Brown was surrendering when he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson.

77. On Monday afternoon, the first wave of National Guard forces arrives.

A bus filled with Missouri National Guard soldiers depart HQ for #Ferguson

— James Tuxbury (@tuxKSDK)

Missouri National Guard departs HQ on Kingshighway for #Ferguson #KSDK

— James Tuxbury (@tuxKSDK)

80. Monday afternoon, Obama announces that he is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with community leaders.

Larry Downing / Reuters

The president says that he hopes the National Guard deployed to Ferguson will be “used in a limited and appropriate way,” and that he will watch in the upcoming days to make sure that the National Guard is “helping and not hurting” the community of Ferguson.

82. August 19, 2014

83. Clashes continue in the early hours of Monday morning.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

85. Capt. Johnson says that 31 people are arrested. He requests daytime protests, saying that there is a “dangerous dynamic at night.”

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

"Anyone who’s been at these protests understands that there is a dangerous dynamic at night" - Capt. Johnson #Ferguson

— Joel D. Anderson (@blackink12)

Capt. Johnson is asking for daytime protest. "That is my suggestion." #ferguson

— Joel D. Anderson (@blackink12)

89. Later on Tuesday, NBC News reports that 78 people were arrested during overnight protests, not 31. All but three people are arrested for “refusing to disperse.”

Joshua Lott / Reuters

91. On Tuesday afternoon, reports come in that police in St. Louis city shot and killed another young black man.

We've had an officer involved shooting in St. Louis City. Here at the scene to keep the crowd calm & find out exactly what happened. #peace

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)

#Breaking: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Riverview Blvd & McLaran. http://t.co/zmGpvm4SNF #STL

— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews)

94. The victim is a 23 year-old black man. He robbed from a convenience store and threatened police with a knife, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Chief Sam Dotson says a man first entered a convenience store and walked out carrying two energy drinks.

— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards)

Chief Dotson: Suspect was acting erratically, carrying knife. When officers arrived, suspect told police "shoot me now, kill me now."

— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards)

Officers drew weapons when knife was pulled, @ChiefSLMPD says. Suspect was within 3-4 feet of the officers, struck at them. Officers fired.

— Erica Smith (@ericasmith)

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