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The execution style killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old walking in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Missouri, has stirred the moral fibers of an American society reeked in ethnic tension, racial discrimination and police misconduct.
On today’s show we’ll examine what happened in Ferguson and explore what’s wrong in America when Black men outnumber all other ethnic groups in violence and wrongful death in this country.
Timeline of Michael Brown Killing In Ferguson, Missouri
Saturday August 9th through Friday August 15th
Source: USA Today
Saturday Aug. 9, 2014
11:48 a.m. to noon – An officer responds to a call of a sick person.
11:51 a.m. – Another call comes in about a robbery at a convenience store. The dispatcher gives a description of the robber and says the suspect is walking toward the Quick Trip convenience store.
12:01 p.m. – The officer encounters Michael Brown and a friend as they walk down a street. Brown is shot to death as a result of the encounter.
12:04 p.m. – A second officer arrives on the scene followed by a supervisor one minute later. An ambulance responding to the earlier sick person call drives by and responds to assess Brown.
Sunday Aug. 10
10 a.m. – Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed, St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmar says in a news conference. Belmar says Brown physically assaulted the officer, and during a struggle between the two, Brown reached for the officer's gun. One shot was fired in the car followed by other gunshots outside of the car.
Brown's parents retain attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, as their counsel.A candlelight vigil to honor Brown later turns violent. More than a dozen businesses are vandalized and looted. More than 30 people are arrested and two police officers suffered injuries, police said.
Monday Aug. 11
5 a.m. – The first day of school is canceled in Jennings, near Ferguson, for safety of students who could be walking.
7 a.m. – Ferguson police and city leaders say a number of death threats to the police force have been received in relation to the fatal shooting.
10 a.m. – Hundreds gather outside the Ferguson Police Department to demand justice for Brown's death. Police arrest at least seven people.
11 a.m. – The FBI announces the agency will do a parallel investigation into the shooting of Brown.
2 p.m. – St. Louis County Police Department announces it will release the name of the officer who is accused of shooting Brown by noon Tuesday.
4 p.m. – The parents and attorney of Brown hold a press conference where they ask for a stop to violence and demand justice for their son.
6 p.m. – Community members and leaders meet and pray at a meeting hosted by the NAACP.
8 p.m. – Several gather again on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, and police use tear gas to disperse crowds that did not protest peacefully.
Tuesday Aug. 12
Early morning, police announce 15 arrests stemming from Ferguson events Monday evening. In addition, St. Louis County Police Chief says the name of the officer involved in the shooting will not be released due to threats on social media.
10 a.m. – Protesters gather at St. Louis County Police Department headquarters for a peaceful protest where a list of demands was given relating to the investigation of Brown's death.
Noon – Rev. Al Sharpton arrives in St. Louis to speak to the family of Brown, and he made his way around the St. Louis area to demand justice in the fatal shooting. Sharpton and the family spoke on the Old Courthouse steps early Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday afternoon, a preliminary autopsy report for Brown is released by St. Louis County Medical Examiner's office. The FAA announces air restrictions over Ferguson to allow for law enforcement helicopters.
3 p.m. – Officials charge nine people in relation to looting in Ferguson Sunday night into Monday morning.
4 p.m. – President Obama releases a statement regarding the Brown incident. The Justice Department announces it will take on reviewing police tactics across the country.
7 p.m. – Gov. Jay Nixon, City of St. Louis Mayor and other area leaders come together to speak on the Brown case. At a separate public meeting, Rev. Al Sharpton and the Brown family urge a peaceful fight toward justice for Michael Brown.
10 p.m. – Tensions rise between protesters and police for the third consecutive night.
KSDK-TV reporter Farrah Fazal speaks to Dorian Johnson, a man who's come forward as an eyewitness to Brown's shooting.
Wednesday Aug. 13
After a third night of protests full of tension, the City of Ferguson asked protests and vigils for Michael Brown to be held during the daytime.
10 a.m. – A number of volunteers gather to help the city start to pick up the pieces after tense and violent episodes in prior days.
KSDK learns Wednesday afternoon that Brown's remains had been turned over to the family.
3 p.m. – The Justice Department opens a federal civil rights investigation related to the Ferguson shooting. Ferguson police say at a news conference that the 911 tape from Saturday would be released soon.
4 p.m. – Brown had no criminal background, the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office discloses.
6 p.m. – Ferguson-Florissant School District postpones the first day of school until Aug. 18 due to safety concerns for its students. School was set to start Aug. 14.
Police detain two reporters — one from the Huffington Post and another from the Washington Post — at a Ferguson McDonald's.
9 p.m. – Police begin to throw tear gas at protesters in Ferguson in order to disperse crowds. During the commotion, police also force media to move back out of the area and throw tear gas at an Al Jazeera America crew.
10 p.m. – Gov. Jay Nixon announces via Twitter that he's cancelling his visit to Missouri State Fair Thursday to visit Ferguson.
City of St. Louis Alderman Antonio French is arrested for unlawful assembly.
Thursday Aug. 14
6 a.m. – Police announce 16 people have been arrested and two officers injured during the fourth night of violence.
7 a.m. – City Alderman Antonio French is released from jail without formal charges and posting bond.
11 a.m. – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon makes his first stop of many through north St. Louis County and Ferguson.
11:40 a.m. – Obama addressed the nation on Ferguson and urges for calm. The president called on local police to be "open and transparent" about their investigation of Brown's death.
3:30 p.m. – Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the Missouri Highway Patrol will take control of security in Ferguson and that the unit in the embattled town would be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson, who was born and raised near the community.
6 p.m. – Across the country, silent vigils were held to remember and honor the memory of Michael Brown.
Evening, night – Citizens marched peacefully alongside state troopers and no violent clashes were reported for the first time this week.
Friday Aug. 15
8:45 a.m. – Darren Wilson is named as the officer who shot Brown on Aug. 9. Wilson has been on the force for six years and has no disciplinary action against him, police chief Thomas Jackson says. The announcement comes three days after police originally said they would name the officer, citing a fear for the officer's safety. The police chief also gave details about a strong-arm robbery at a local convenience store that took place moments before Wilson shot Brown. He did not connect Brown to the robbery during his news conference, but in police documents he released to reporters, Brown is named as a suspect. Jackson released dispatch records and video surveillance of the robbery as well.
11 a.m. – Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says at a security briefing that he hopes peaceful protests continue in Ferguson. "Don't burn down our own house," he says. "That does not prove a point. That does not solve issues." Gov. Jay Nixon reassured people that the investigation's focus remains on finding out how and why Brown was killed.
Noon – An attorney for Dorian Johnson, who is an eyewitness interviewed by law enforcement, says that Dorian Johnson and Brown took part in the convenience store robbery prior to the shooting.
12:30 p.m. – The family of Michael Brown releases a statement saying they are "beyond outraged" by how the information was released in a way to "assassinate the character of their son," tying him to the robbery.
3 p.m. – Chief Thomas Jackson says Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, did not know Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that happened moments before the shooting. Wilson stopped Brown for walking in the middle of the street.
Friday evening – Rev. Jesse Jackson links arms with protesters in Ferguson. He led the group in prayer and urged them to "turn pain into power" while fighting back non-violently.
Friday night into Saturday morning – Police and nearly 200 protesters clash as rocks are thrown at officers and armored trucks returned to the streets. Tear gas is used to disperse rowdy crowds.
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