At the bequest of those who think we aren’t talking about Ferguson enough, I’m going to try and formulate a rough timeline of what has been happening. I will be citing sources as I go. Maybe a little commentary. Almost definitely actually - I can’t help it.
August 9: 18-year-old recent high school grad Michael Brown was shot in Ferugson, MO at about noon. He was declared dead in the middle of the street. Brown was with a friend, Dorian Johnson, was with him before and at the time of the shooting. On the same day, a robbery was reported as QuikStop and Brown identified was a potential suspect. [x]
August 10: Public unrest related to the event picks up. The Ferguson PD announces that Brown was unarmed, and claims he resisted/assaulted the officer. Citizens of Ferguson held a candlelight vigil in honor of Brown. During the vigil, others, considered unrelated, committed lootings and property damage. Citizens claim the rioters were from outside the town. [x] [x]
August 11: The investigation of Michael Brown’s death is turned over to the FBI. A news conference is held in which Brown’s parents speak about his death. The first official protests in Ferguson occur. Police and SWAT teams were brought in and broke up crowds using tear gas. There are reports police also used rubber bullets to disperse crowds resulting in many documented injuries. [x] [x]
August 12: Dorian Johnson, a witness and friend of Brown’s, does an interview with MSNBC. Johnson claims the officer continued to shoot Brown even as he surrendered. Protests and police clashing continues.
August 13: Photographs surface of police pointing rifles and snipers at protestors, and begin limiting media presence, including arrested two journalists (Wesley Lowry and Ryan Reilly). At least one man is reported to be critically wounded. [x] [x] [x] [x]
August 14: Governor Jay Nixon visits Ferguson and announces that security in the city is being handed over to Captain Ron Johnson and the Highway Patrol. Johnson speaks to and marches with the protestors. President Obama addresses the events in Ferguson. [x] [x]
August 15: Ferguson police name Darren Wilson as the officer who shot Brown. The police also release video surveillance of the QuikStop which was robbed, identifying the robber as Michael Brown. However, the police also claim that Wilson was not aware of the robbery, and that he approached Brown and Johnson because they were walking in the street. Protests once again become violent as the Ferguson police return. A pastor is reported shot by a rubber bullet leaving a large gash. [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]
August 16: Governor Nixon announces a state of emergency and begins enforcing a curfew ending in several arrests and more use of tear gas. [x]
August 17: Attorney General Eric Holder demands another autopsy of Michael Brown’s body. The autopsy determined that Brown had been shot six times, twice in the head (once in the top of the head). [x]
August 18: Obama dispatches Eric Holder to Ferguson. Michael Brown’s mother demands the arrest of Darren Wilson. The autopsy of Michael Brown is still being analyzed by generally believed to support the story of witnesses, but not of the officer. Photographer Scott Olson is arrested. Another journalist, Robert Klemko, live tweeted his own arrest. SWAT teams attempted to drive through the crowd after a protester reportedly started throwing rocks at the police line. The police fell back into line and the crowd was calmed in part thanks to Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party. Governor Nixon calls in the National Guard. [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]
At around 8:45-9:00PM (PST or EST? I’m not sure) Tweets poured in claiming the police had once again began using flashbombs and tear gas to disperse the crowds, as well as stun grenades. Some claimed to hear gunshots which the police claimed were not the police. At least one man rushed the police line and was shot. Protesters are seen returning tear gas to police. Journalists were caught in the gas as well. At about 9:45PM police demanded all non-journalists leave the area. [x]
August 19: Citizens of Ferguson begin demanding Attorney Bob McCulloch be taken off Michael Brown’s case because of his history representing Ferguson police. Huffington Post revealed that another member of the Ferguson police force who was fired from the St. Louis police for multiple occasions where he hit a child. Details about the man shot on August 18 is revealed - reports indicate the 23-year-old black man charged at police with a knife and had been behaving erratically prior. [x] [x] [x]
Photographs taken in Ferguson during the protests.
PolitiFact on Governor Nixon’s claim he’s been in Ferguson “almost every day”. (Rated Mostly False)
List of live Ferguson Tweeters.
PolitiFact on comedian John Oliver’s claim on SWAT raids. (Rated Half True).
Sybrina Fulton’s (mother of Trayvon Martin) open letter to the Brown family.
Petitions and Resources:
Change.org Petition to Require Ferguson Police to Wear Cameras.
White House Petition to Require All Police to Wear Cameras.
Feed the Children of Ferguson Fund.
Michael Brown Memorial Fund to pay for legal and memorial costs.
Ferguson protester support fund.
"Leave a Porch Light On" Awareness Event. (This has ended, but some people are still participating).
Updated 7:31PM PST, 8/19
This will be updated and reblogged as more occurs.
- Mod Dawes Sr.