Ferguson Police Release Name of Michael Brown Shooter, Details of a Robbery

Categories: Michael Brown

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Lindsay Toler
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson talks to reporters.
A Ferguson Police officer named Darren Wilson, an officer with six years on the force and no disciplinary record, is the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday, says chief Tom Jackson.

Jackson released Wilson's name to the media as well as information about a strongarm robbery that occurred just before Brown's death. Brown was a suspect in the incident, and Dorian Johnson, who has been vocal about witnessing Brown's death, is also a suspect, according to information released by police. Update 2:20 p.m.: Police say Johnson will not be charged in the robbery.

View a copy of the police incident report here.

Jackson offered a timeline for the events on August 2:

Around 11:40 a.m., an officer, now identified as Wilson, arrived at a sick call in the Parkridge Apartments. At 11:51 a.m., there was a 911 call from a nearby convenience store -- not the QuikTrip in Ferguson that was later burned and looted, the chief says -- for a robbery. At 11:52 a.m., dispatch released a description of the robbery suspect: a black male in a white T-shirt.

At 12:01 p.m, Wilson encountered Michael Brown, who was walking toward QuikTrip. That's when Wilson shot Brown.

Update 2:20 p.m.: Police say Wilson did not approach Brown because of the robbery. He approached Brown about walking in the street.

At 12:04 p.m., a second officer arrived at the scene, and at 12:05 p.m., a supervisor was dispatched to the scene.

According to security-camera images and information released by police, a suspect identified as Brown appears to physically intimidate a store clerk to steal a box of Swisher Sweets cigars valued at about $50.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

Jackson's answer wasn't enough for many people who gathered for his press conference Friday morning:


The officer is on paid administrative leave, per departmental policy. Jackson told reporters this week that some officers were taking vacation time to "get out of town" after the unrest.

Update 12 p.m.: Here's our full report on the robbery that happened before Wilson shot Brown: Michael Brown Police Report: Photos Suggest Robbery Beforehand, Limited Other Details

Update 10:30 a.m.: Here's Governor Jay Nixon's reaction to the announcement today:

I'm pleased that the people of Ferguson and the region began to get some long-overdue information today, and I will continue to call for openness and transparency as the parallel investigations into this tragedy proceed to their necessary conclusions. For the sake of the family, the citizens of Ferguson, and the entire region, it is vital that the investigations into the shooting death of Michael Brown move forward in a thorough, open and transparent manner to ensure that trust is restored and justice is done.

Update 9:45 a.m.: Daily RFT reached out to attorneys for Michael Brown's family and relatives. We were able to reach Pastor Charles Ewing, Brown's uncle, and this is all he would say: "I have no comment right now. I can't talk right now. I'm just so upset."

Note: Last year, we did a story about a St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer named Darren Wilson. That is not the same Wilson as the Ferguson Police officer named Darren Wilson who shot Brown. Just a heads up.

Our earlier story:

Ever since Brown was shot and killed Saturday afternoon, police response has angered a community already consumed by mournful fury at the death of a teen who was starting college in the fall. Some Ferguson protesters cited the obtuse police response to neighbors' questions about Brown's killing, combined with a history of mistrust between the mostly black community and mostly white police force, as justification for the looting and violence that swept this quiet St. Louis suburb this week.

As the investigation began Saturday, Brown's body was left uncovered outside, a move even Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said made him uncomfortable. Jackson explained by saying nearby gunshots interfered with the on-the-scene investigation into his death.

When the community demanded the name of the officer who shot brown, police had to refuse, citing the ongoing investigation. By Monday, police agreed to release the name but quickly changed their minds, citing threats on the lives of the officer.

As police delayed releasing the officer's name, the chiefs of Ferguson and St. Louis County's police forces also secretive about the number of times Brown was shot. When asked by reporters, St. Louis County Chief Jon Belmar told reporters, "more than just a couple, but I don't think it was many more than that."

Police were also slow to talk to a key witness in the investigation, Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was killed.

See also: Why Police Haven't Interviewed Michael Brown Shooting Witness Dorian Johnson

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Sean Lee
Sean Lee

I'm and I'd like to believe myself to be a law abiding citizen. I have no problem with my police doing what they have to do to keep the peace. God bless our protectors. STL Police.

Sean Lee
Sean Lee

I for one love our militarized police department. Always ready. Civil uprising or a full out terrorist threat, aren't we supposed to be always ready?

Brad Mantia
Brad Mantia

Can I get a side of potatoes with this roast?

Brad Mantia
Brad Mantia

How many times can one "scholar" be roasted?

Brad Mantia
Brad Mantia

Somebody's cooking up another roast.

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

The media is assaulting the character and image of the Black Man.  There is a spiritual war going on.  When you are presented with negative images, over and over then you become brainwashed.  Now you become insensitive and you believe that the black man deserves to be shot down like a dog, between his eyes in the middle of the street.   Do you understand that this is EXACTLY what Hitler did.  He spread propaganda for over a year just in case there was a decent German who would disagree.  After he demonized the Jews, he murdered them.   When will they pull your card?

Christopher Becker
Christopher Becker

SHUSH!!! Everyone be quiet and listen. David Lee Smithson has solved all of the problems relating to the Mike Brown case, racism, and probably world hunger. Let's all be quiet and let him explain.

Christopher Becker
Christopher Becker

I don't know you personally, nor do I have the desire to. But I'm fairly confident in saying that your "scope of knowledge" consists of a couple short chapters in a text book. You're not an expert, so let's leave it to the experts. Aka the police and public servants who do this for a living.

David Lee Smithson
David Lee Smithson

It is also worth mentioning that that you bucked up on your heels and started calling people idiots when they through into question the scope of knowledge you possess on a subject. It only furthers in solidifying my point...that you should be quiet.

David Lee Smithson
David Lee Smithson

It is impossible to discern whether you believe your dialogue is successful in proving any other point then your white privilege. We have an example of lastnights demonstrations of how successful crowd control can be managed. Instead of a catalyst as we saw on the other nights. Ferguson's police should take some responsibility for their actions, much how you should take better care not fall into cognitive dissonance when your white washed view of the world is thrust into reality.

Brad Mantia
Brad Mantia

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FIGHTTHERIGHTWING
FIGHTTHERIGHTWING

"Fox News" is already looping this video.  Just like with Trayvon Martin or Cliven Bundy, they champion teen murderers and racist old men.  

Christopher Becker
Christopher Becker

I'm sorry, but you're an idiot. Don't call me out like you know me or my situation. So what you're trying to say is that zero police presence would have resolved the situation? If so, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I've been saying that for years. Don't respond, and let natural selection solve the problem for us. I understand that riot control arriving can escalate any scenario, but they have a job to do. The investigation into what happened was and is still very important, and they can't do that without controlling the scene. P.s. I'm ok with the white stereotype. I'm a hard working, successful individual that has many great values. I appreciate you reassuring me of that.

Kyle Ketcherside
Kyle Ketcherside

He certainly could have been, and if he did he should be given life in prison... Or death penalty... But all the facts should be out first before we crucify him

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Exaclty.... They say that the clothes in the store match the murder scene. Doesn't matter. Strong arm= no weapon. Not a game changer. He was murdered by that cop.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

They say that the clothes in the store match the clothes on Mike Brown at the murder scene. Doesn't matter. Strong arm= no weapon. Not a game changer. Just an excuse for murdering an unarmed man.

Lisa Piper Barrett
Lisa Piper Barrett

Oh no..... then they would have Mo Reason to burn down and burglarize their Own community....or find another way to wreck Havoc amd use Race cards... Stop looting.. Get A Job....

Lisa Piper Barrett
Lisa Piper Barrett

HOW ABOUT THIS..... ONLY LET BLACK COPS WORK IN A MOSTLY BLACK AREA OF TOWN.....

Suzie Mark
Suzie Mark

Stop stalling police dept and release all the info..photo, autopsy, ect...

trayvonmartin
trayvonmartin

@Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia idiot. blacks are far more racist than whites are. They are an abomination and they complain so much we should arrange for free transport to AFRICA so we can have OUR COUNTRY BAK

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

I am black for a living and my scope of knowledge associating with law enforcement and other blacks far exceeds yours.  If you can't use your common sense to know right from wrong, there is no hope for you.  What color is your sheet?   Wait until they come for you, because the middle class continues to shrink and it's inevitable. We are all slaves.  You have been brainwashed by the media to make you believe that a black life is worthless, so I understand your supremacist views; albeit I disagree with them.  I used to feel that way about undocumented immigrants until I educated myself.  You need to educate yourself and understand that the energy you use to promote racial insensitivity and hatred is distracting you from truth.   Go to YOUTUBE and watch Illuminati Plans 2014- To Kill a Billion People ( NEW WORLD ORDER).    The're coming for you, Bar-ber-a.

IRISHLIONX
IRISHLIONX

@stephenehansen  The young man presented his self as a threat as shown in the robbery video. I am certain that when confronted by the cops about the robbery, Brown and his partner( walking in the middle of the street) showed aggression and indifference. If he wasn't up to no good that evening he would probably be alive today. I am exhausted by the broad justifications and the black American excuse for a general ignorant aggression. seems as though the Irish have found a way forward despite oppression.Loot my neighborhood and pay a price.....hands in the air? What a joke.

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

@stephenehansen It's PETTY THEFT you genius!  Swishers are 2 for 99cents.    That makes them 50 cents apiece and not fifty dollars. That's a damned lie.  Petty theft is not robbery, genius.   So WHAT!   Do you know that the Rothschild's ROBBED the world of 500 trillion dollars.   Did you know that wall street bankers robbed this country for billions, to the point that the economy went into a deep depression.  Nobody went to JAIL.  But you worry about a 99cent pack of swishers.  Go to 7-11 and SEE for yourself.  Furthermore, the cop had NO IDEA he had a pack of swisher's in his pocket, if indeed that was the case.   That cop shot him between his eyes when his hands were in the air.  You would have more sympathy for a DOG than you would for a human being.  WTH is wrong with you?  Do you know Jesus?  Something is WRONG with you people.    Wait until they come for YOU.  

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

@FIGHTTHERIGHTWING Forgot to mention MSNBC and CNN they love these sort of stories, gives the Talking Heads something other than missing planes and illegals to talk about.

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

Well, Ferguson Police Department is no longer in charge of that job.  GOOD RIDDANCE.   How is the Klan going to meaningfully investigate itself?

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

Petty theft is not robbery.   A swisher costs 2 for 99 cent per pack.   They do not cost 50 dollars.   Check for yourself.   The cop didn't know anything about a swisher, so why mention it after the fact?  Is it to make you have no sympathy for a petty thief who asked to be shot between the eyes while begging for his life.  Seriously, you would need to be a sadistic mentally deranged hardcore racist to make excuses for executing an unarmed person who is begging for his life.   The COP is the criminal, here.   He is a murderer.


Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

Listen here Lisa.   Even if he did take a pack of swishes (99cents for 2 in a pack)  Why are you concerned about a pair of tennis shoes and a tire.  You should be concerned about the looting that bankers and wall street did to your money, stealing enough to break down the entire economy and send it into a depression!  Nobody went to jail.  Instead, they were rewarded with MORE money.  You need to be mad at the Rothschild Family who stole (continues to steal)  500 trillion dollars of your money, you genius.  You are one smart racist cookie, aren't you.  It is clear to me that you do not like young black males and it's because you have been brainwashed by the media and you are too "smart" to understand this.

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

They always start with blacks, but eventually they will come for YOU!  You better get your mind right.  

Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia
Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia

I'm college educated, fit, fine and independent.  I'm a homeowner, I drive a BMW and I make a 6 figure salary.  Are you upset?  Do I meet your stereotype?  

IRISHLIONX
IRISHLIONX

@Ms.CaliFitness-Nubia  Use of force= strong arm robbery. If that store owner had evoked his constitutional right and shot that "sweet innocent young man" he would have been justified. The lesson here is if you have a thug mentality....live by the sword....die by the sword. I am just shocked that the sympathetic mob mentality and the racist media didn't claim that he was just stealing skittles.

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