Ferguson Police Chief Names Officer In Michael Brown Shooting

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Adelle Platon / August 15, 2014

Ferguson police chief named Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran, the officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb on Friday (Aug. 15). Police chief Thomas Jackson had withheld the name for days, riling up protestors, and revealed the name in front of a QuikTrip convenience store that had been burned down during the first night of protests. Jackson said that Wilson had no history of disciplinary action and did not address if the officer would be facing any punishment over Brown’s death. Photos of Wilson have circulated the Internet but are yet to be confirmed. He is believed to be a white officer. Jackson said that Wilson and other officers were responding to “strong-arm robbery” at a different convenience store nearby on Saturday (Aug. 9), when Wilson had encountered Brown at 12:01pm local time. Brown had fit the description of the suspect and the shooting was over within three minutes as a second officer arrived on the scene, Jackson said. Reports say that Brown had raised his hands to show he was unarmed before being shot. Police have also released stills from the convenience store, at which the armed robbery was said to have taken place, where Brown was said to be the one “towering over the [redacted name] to intimidate him,” according to Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery.

Earlier this week, the chief said the officer had been taken to a hospital with injuries to his face. He had declined releasing the officer’s name in Brown’s shooting for days, and received threats via social media. Protests had peaked Wednesday night when authorities had sprayed tear gas and rubber bullets unto demonstrators. Relative calm was restored when Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon put the state Highway Patrol in command.