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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.