On August 10, 2014, Michael Brown was returning from a convenience store, walking down a street in Ferguson, a Suburb of St. Louis with his friend Dorian Johnson. Brown was in the area visiting his grandmother and knew the time he spent with Johnson would be the last time they hung out for a while. This week the 18-year-old planned to step into his future by entering a tech school his mother said. But Brown never made the journey to pursue a higher education because he would never take another step in that Ferguson neighborhood.
The officer and Brown scuffled, according to the police report, leaving the officer with a swollen jaw.
Moments later shots were fired and Michael Brown took his last breath. Bang. Bang. Bang, Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Eight bullet holes were reportedly found in the teen's body.
Citizens in the predominately Black suburb Ferguson were on edge, unable to understand what had taken place.
Bedlam erupted after conflicting reports about what led to the teen's death at was expected to be a peaceful prayer vigil. Days later tensions continued to boil over. Tanks and soldiers armed with heavier artillery than the local police carry arrived in Ferguson. In. The. United. States. Of. America.
The initial police report says Brown reached for the officer's gun during a scuffle. Johnson, an eye-witness has completely refuted the officer's account alleging they were confronted without cause and his friend's arms were raised above his head, when the officer fired again and again, leaving Brown on the ground with eight holes in his body.
Brown's death is the fourth police killing of an unarmed Black man in the last month that has made national headlines.
While vacationing at Martha's Vineyard President Obama called for calm in a statement on the matter, following its entirety.
Statement by the President on the Passing of Michael Brown:
The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.