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The outset of the unrest: Brown's Death

9 Aug 2014
The outset of the unrest: Brown's Death
  • An 18-year-old African-American, Michael Brown was fatally shot by 28-year-old white policeman, Darren Wilson at Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St.Louis County (U.S).
  • Brown was a suspect in a robbery case committed minutes before the shooting.
  • Wilson identified him on the road and in the altercation that followed shot Brown several times before he died.
  • This sparked a vigorous political-racial debate in the U.S.

The first wave of protests

Aug 2014
The first wave of protests
  • Following the incident, fierce protests emerged as protestors believed that Brown had his hands held up when he was shot.
  • The incident created a stir with both non-violent protests as well as vandalism, resulting in riots and night-curfews creating a global debate about racial politics and militarization of police-forces.
  • The media reports showed police militarization during protests which was thoroughly criticized by politicians.

Grand Jury's decision stimulates second-wave of protests

24 Nov 2014
Grand Jury's decision stimulates second-wave of protests
  • The Grand Jury appointed to investigate the case announced their verdict which did not incriminate Wilson, ratifying that Brown was shot in self-defence.
  • The decision further maddened the protestors who burnt police cars, buildings etc. leading to riots, road-blocks and rallies.
  • The police retaliated with tear gas and arrested many.
  • International protests were also reported in places such as Canada and London (UK).

Ferguson continues to simmer

Mar 2015
Ferguson continues to simmer
  • Protests emerged outside Ferguson Police department on March 11, after the resignation of the Chief-of-Police.
  • Amidst the protests, two police officers were shot in the early morning of March 12 outside the police-station.
  • An extensive manhunt was launched to arrest the responsible person.
  • On March 14, 20-year-old African-American, Jeffrey Williams was arrested who admitted the crime, stating that his targets were not the policemen.

Death anniversary of Michael Brown

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9 August 2015 was the first anniversary of Brown's fatal shooting. Peaceful protestors had gathered around his memorial and maintained four-and-a-half minutes of silence as it was believed that Brown's body was left unattended for four-and-a-half hours on the street.

Teenager shot again on Brown's death anniversary

10 Aug 2015
Teenager shot again on Brown's death anniversary
  • A 18-year, identified as Tyrone Harris, a friend of Michael Brown was shot after a day of commemorating Brown's death at Ferguson.
  • He was shot after he engaged himself in a gunfight with the St.Louis County-Police.
  • During the gunfight, Harris allegedly fired on four plain-clothed policemen, resulting in the policemen firing at him.
  • He underwent emergency surgery after he was rushed to hospital.

Two teenagers shot after Harris' injury

10 Aug 2015
Two teenagers shot after Harris' injury
  • A 17-year-old and a 19-year-old were shot at the Canfield Apartment Complex at around 2am, near the spot where Michael Brown died last year.
  • Three hours after Harris was injured, the teenagers were shot by an African-American male in a red hoodie who drove by in a vehicle.
  • They were rushed to the hospital and are being treated for injuries that are non-life threatening.

State of emergency declared in St. Louis County

11 Aug 2015
State of emergency declared in St. Louis County
  • As the Ferguson unrest ensued, St. Louis County-Executive, Steve Stenger announced the declaration of the 'state of emergency' following recent tumultous events indicating an year of Brown's death
  • The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office issued criminal charges against Tyrone Harris, who remained hospitalized under critical conditions.
  • About 30 protestors arrived on the Ferguson interstate as the authorities braced themselves for further agitations.