There are as many ways to view the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 9, 2014 as there are opinions on race, poverty, police, the justice system and the rule of law. It is impossible for any one individual to give a totally neutral, completely factual account of the incident from witnesses, police, the prosecutor's office, the coroner’s office, the grand jury investigation and the media.
This Guide attempts to provide resources to understand and foster discussion of the Ferguson shooting from all perspectives as well as inform the debate by the historical and demographic history of Ferguson and the St. Louis area.
What we know:
The shooting of Michael Brown occurred August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer. The disputed circumstances of the shooting and the resultant protests and civil unrest received considerable attention in the U.S. and abroad,
St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced on the evening of Tuesday, November 25, that members of the grand jury reached their decision of "no true bill" or no indictment of Darren Wilson after meeting for 25 days and hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from more than 60 witnesses. Protesters across the United States reacted to the announcement.