Ferguson Police Identify Darren Wilson as Officer in Fatal Shooting and Link Teenager to Robbery

ALAN BLINDER and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS (New York Times) | AUGUST 15, 2014

Ferguson shooting protestFERGUSON, Mo. — The police in Ferguson broke their weeklong silence on Friday and identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager. At the same time, they released videotape and photographs to show that the young man, Michael Brown, was suspected of taking part in a robbery at a convenience store shortly before the shooting.

The manner in which Ferguson officials released the information, which included a police report on the robbery but no new details about the fatal shooting last week, set off renewed anger among residents. Gov. Jay Nixon and Captain Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, an African-American who is heading the security efforts in Ferguson, tried to defuse their frustration and to address broader concerns about the lack of racial diversity among police forces in the area and problems in local schools.

After a peaceful night on Thursday, which had followed several nights of violent confrontations, concerns grew on Friday that the release of information about the robbery would stoke more disorder.

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/us/darren-wilson-identified-as-officer-in-fatal-shooting-in-ferguson-missouri.html

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