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A Timeline Of The Crisis In Ferguson Since The Death Of Michael Brown

Sorting through the chaos.

Last updated on August 14, 2014, at 1:25 p.m. ET

Posted on August 14, 2014, at 1:25 p.m. ET

Aug. 9, 2014

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., is shot and killed by a St. Louis County Police officer. He was unarmed.

The community is outraged that his body was reportedly left uncovered in broad daylight.

Aug. 10, 2014

Residents gather at the scene where Brown was killed. They lay rose petals on the blood stains that still remain in the street.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach

Vigils are held in the late afternoon and evening.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://J.B. Forbes

Twitter users begin circulating #IfTheyGunnedMeDown in response to how the media portrayed Brown while reporting on his death.

Residents demand a reason as to why Brown was shot by police. The St. Louis County Police Department refuses to provide the officer's name or reason for firing on Brown.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach

The vigils and demonstrations turn violent as the sun sets.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

Local businesses are looted and burned to the ground.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

Aug. 11, 2014

Protesters shut down Florissant Road in downtown Ferguson.

AP Photo/Sid Hastings

Protesters are detained by police. St. Louis Police Department sends riot officers to S. Florissant Road to break up the demonstration.

AP Photo/Sid Hastings
AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

Michael Brown's parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, hold a press conference. McSpadden described him as a sweet boy who didn't create problems.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Police officers in riot gear patrol the streets of Ferguson. They fire tear gas into crowds of demonstrations.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Aug. 12, 2014

Rev. Al Sharpton arrives in Ferguson. He holds a press conference with Brown's mother and father on the steps of a local courthouse.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Tensions continue to escalate. Photos of police officers in riot gear confronting unarmed protesters begin going viral on social media.

Whitney Curtis / The New York Times / Redux

In Florissant, Mo., Gov. Jay Nixon speaks about Brown's death at a local church. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles and Police Chief Tom Jackson are with him.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

Demonstrators gather in front of the QuikTrip convenience store that was burned down during the first night of protesting and looting.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Protesters gather in the streets of Ferguson for the third night in a row.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Once again, they are met by police officers armed with riot gear and tear gas.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Aug. 13, 2014

Protesters gather on W. Florissant Road. Police officers make a line, blocking them from Canfield Avenue.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://J.B. Forbes

Acts of solidarity flood social media. Students from Howard University gather and take a photo together with their hands up, mirroring the symbol used by protesters in Ferguson.

Megan Sims / Howard University / Via Twitter: @The_Blackness48

At a press conference held by Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal asks if she would be gassed by Ferguson police again. He tells her he hopes not.

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Ferguson police officers begin teargassing protesters.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

Residents clash with law enforcement. In the picture below, a man in the street attempts to throw a tear gas canister back at the police.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

Reporters Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post are arrested by Ferguson police and released later Wednesday night.

I just called Ferguson police chief to ask about @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly, told him what I knew. His response: "Oh, God."

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

I just called Ferguson police chief to ask about @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly, told him what I knew. His response: "Oh, God."

8:30 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police officers announce that members of the media should leave the area.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Aug. 14, 2014

Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who has extensively covered the Ferguson crisis, is detained by police on Wednesday night and released Thursday morning.

Police arrested at least 18 other people Wednesday night, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter.

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

A Twitter account affiliated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous threatens to leak the personal information of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

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The St. Louis County Police Department responds, saying they have identified the wrong person.

@TheAnonMessage Bryan Willman is not even an officer with Ferguson or St. Louis County PD. Do not release more info on this random citizen.

St. Louis County PD@stlcountypd

@TheAnonMessage Bryan Willman is not even an officer with Ferguson or St. Louis County PD. Do not release more info on this random citizen.

10:45 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Twitter suspends the account.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon names Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson to oversee security in Ferguson.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Tensions reportedly grow calmer in the community. Tear gas and rubber bullets are not used.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://J.B. Forbes

Twitter user @FeministaJones organizes the National Moment of Silence for Michael Brown. Thousands gather in solidarity in major cities all over the country.

AP Photo/Kerri L. Berney

Aug. 15, 2014

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of shooting Michael Brown: Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

A police report reveals Officer Wilson shot at Brown, believing he was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that occurred at a convenience store shortly before.

AP Photo/Ferguson Police Department

Aug. 16, 2014

In the early morning Saturday, the relative calm that had begun Thursday is shattered.

According to police, protesters throw rocks and other debris at officers. The officers respond by donning riot gear and firing tear gas into the crowds.

#ferguson police smoke bomb canister that blew up in front of Ferg mkt

Paul Hampel@phampel

#ferguson police smoke bomb canister that blew up in front of Ferg mkt

12:22 AM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Later, looters begin ransacking local businesses. A total of five stores are hit before protesters themselves step in and stop the looting.

The cellular phone store looters took over #ferguson

Shimon Prokupecz@ShimonPro

The cellular phone store looters took over #ferguson

11:40 PM - 15 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Later Saturday, police release the video allegedly showing Michael Brown participating in a robbery on Aug. 9. Gov. Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and imposes a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in Ferguson.

Leaders from the community will be out to clear the streets by midnight. Anyone here after that WILL NOT have the support of the community.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Leaders from the community will be out to clear the streets by midnight. Anyone here after that WILL NOT have the support of the community.

6:01 PM - 16 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Protests on Saturday evening continue and are non-violent.

But as the night progresses, the situation grows more intense.

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014.
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014.

Police try to impose the curfew declared by Gov. Nixon through using tear gas and force, but a group of protesters refuse to leave the streets.

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Aug. 17, 2014

Protesters finally disperse early Sunday morning.

#Ferguson protestors defying curfew: "No justice, no curfew. We want, we want justice!"

Steph Lecci@stephlecci

#Ferguson protestors defying curfew: "No justice, no curfew. We want, we want justice!"

1:05 AM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

On Sunday, Gov. Nixon announces that a midnight curfew will be in place for a second night.

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On Sunday night, there are reports that police are attempting to disperse crowds as early as 9 p.m.

Another march on West Florissant, this one younger and less conciliatory. #ferguson #mikebrown

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Another march on West Florissant, this one younger and less conciliatory. #ferguson #mikebrown

9:56 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Unfortunately didn't bring t-shirt from car to protect from tear gas. Didn't think it would be fired so early #Ferguson

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

Unfortunately didn't bring t-shirt from car to protect from tear gas. Didn't think it would be fired so early #Ferguson

10:33 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

More of what was used against crowd of protestors in #Ferguson

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

More of what was used against crowd of protestors in #Ferguson

10:59 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It is the most violent night of protests yet.

911 Hair Salon windows smashed. People trying to board up inside

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

911 Hair Salon windows smashed. People trying to board up inside

10:19 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Setting off more tear gas #Ferguson

Police are taking man away, can't confirm why.. He's yelling. Things are happening fast #ferguson #mikebrown

Christina Coleman@ChristinaKSDK

Police are taking man away, can't confirm why.. He's yelling. Things are happening fast #ferguson #mikebrown

10:23 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

From earlier, the eight-year-old hit with tear gas #Ferguson

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

From earlier, the eight-year-old hit with tear gas #Ferguson

10:27 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The police claim on Twitter that protesters instigated the violence by throwing Molotov cocktails at them.

Molotov cocktails being thrown at police. Tactical units on scene. Please leave the area!

St. Louis County PD@stlcountypd

Molotov cocktails being thrown at police. Tactical units on scene. Please leave the area!

10:11 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A claim which many protesters deny.

A lot of claims that Molotov cocktails were thrown to start this. But some furious, claim they were at the front, nothing thrown. #Ferguson

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

A lot of claims that Molotov cocktails were thrown to start this. But some furious, claim they were at the front, nothing thrown. #Ferguson

10:40 PM - 17 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Aug. 18, 2014

Around 2 a.m. Monday morning, a police officer says that there are three shooting victims and a "couple stabbing victims." At least seven people are arrested for being out past the curfew.

Shortly before 3 a.m., Gov. Nixon condemns the violence in Ferguson and calls in the National Guard, without informing the White House.

Gov. Nixon's statement:

Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk. I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads and overrun the Unified Command Center. These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes. Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community.

Nixon also called off the midnight curfew after the two nights of unrest.

An initial autopsy report is released late Monday morning. It shows that Michael Brown was shot six times.

One of the experts who conducted the autopsy, Dr. Michael Baden, says that Brown probably would have survived all but one of the bullets.

"All of the gunshot wounds were survivable except the one at the top of the head that went through the brain," Dr. Baden says.

Attorneys for the Brown family say that the "kill shot" traveled from a "back to front position," which is consistent with reports that Brown was surrendering when he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson.

On Monday afternoon, the first wave of National Guard forces arrives.

A bus filled with Missouri National Guard soldiers depart HQ for #Ferguson

James Tuxbury@tuxKSDK

A bus filled with Missouri National Guard soldiers depart HQ for #Ferguson

12:38 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Missouri National Guard departs HQ on Kingshighway for #Ferguson #KSDK

James Tuxbury@tuxKSDK

Missouri National Guard departs HQ on Kingshighway for #Ferguson #KSDK

12:03 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Monday afternoon, Obama announces that he is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with community leaders.

Larry Downing / Reuters

The president says that he hopes the National Guard deployed to Ferguson will be "used in a limited and appropriate way," and that he will watch in the upcoming days to make sure that the National Guard is "helping and not hurting" the community of Ferguson.

August 19, 2014

Clashes continue in the early hours of Monday morning.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Capt. Johnson says that 31 people are arrested. He requests daytime protests, saying that there is a "dangerous dynamic at night."

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

"Anyone who’s been at these protests understands that there is a dangerous dynamic at night" - Capt. Johnson #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

"Anyone who’s been at these protests understands that there is a dangerous dynamic at night" - Capt. Johnson #Ferguson

3:27 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capt. Johnson is asking for daytime protest. "That is my suggestion." #ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Capt. Johnson is asking for daytime protest. "That is my suggestion." #ferguson

3:27 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Later on Tuesday, NBC News reports that 78 people were arrested during overnight protests, not 31. All but three people are arrested for "refusing to disperse."

Joshua Lott / Reuters

On Tuesday afternoon, reports come in that police in St. Louis city shot and killed another young black man.

We've had an officer involved shooting in St. Louis City. Here at the scene to keep the crowd calm & find out exactly what happened. #peace

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

We've had an officer involved shooting in St. Louis City. Here at the scene to keep the crowd calm & find out exactly what happened. #peace

2:06 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Breaking: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Riverview Blvd & McLaran. http://t.co/zmGpvm4SNF #STL

KSDK NewsChannel 5@ksdknews

#Breaking: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Riverview Blvd & McLaran. http://t.co/zmGpvm4SNF #STL

2:15 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The victim is a 23 year-old black man. He robbed from a convenience store and threatened police with a knife, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Chief Sam Dotson says a man first entered a convenience store and walked out carrying two energy drinks.

Rob Edwards@RobertDEdwards

Chief Sam Dotson says a man first entered a convenience store and walked out carrying two energy drinks.

2:51 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Chief Dotson: Suspect was acting erratically, carrying knife. When officers arrived, suspect told police "shoot me now, kill me now."

Rob Edwards@RobertDEdwards

Chief Dotson: Suspect was acting erratically, carrying knife. When officers arrived, suspect told police "shoot me now, kill me now."

2:52 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Officers drew weapons when knife was pulled, @ChiefSLMPD says. Suspect was within 3-4 feet of the officers, struck at them. Officers fired.

Erica Smith@ericasmith

Officers drew weapons when knife was pulled, @ChiefSLMPD says. Suspect was within 3-4 feet of the officers, struck at them. Officers fired.

2:53 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite