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Michael Brown


Michael Brown was 18 and bound for his freshman year of college when

he was fatally shot on August 9, 2014, by a police officer in Ferguson,

Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. Without video evidence the circumstances

depend on testimony from a friend who was with him and from Darren

Wilson, the 28-year-old White policeman. Wilson stopped him on the street, reportedly for jaywalking. Accounts about the sequence differ from here. Johnson says the policeman initiated a conflict, police say Brown tried to grab Wilson’s gun. Both say Brown started to run, but police say Brown turned and charged Wilson, while Johnson says Brown turned around with

his hands raised. “I don’t have a gun! STOP!” he reportedly shouted, giving rise to protesters’ chant of “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Autopsy reports

showed six of Wilson’s bullets struck Brown, killing him on the spot.

Brown’s body was left on the pavement for four hours as reports circulated

and community rage mounted, culminating in protests, riots and looting that

received national coverage. A grand jury later declined to indict Wilson and

the US Justice Department concluded that Wilson was justified in killing

Brown in self-defense. But the DOJ also noted that the Ferguson Police

Department had a record of violating the rights of the majority-Black


Richard Knox is a journalist and NHMC Baritone who lives in Sandwich, NH.


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