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.
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.
Vigils are held in the late afternoon and evening.
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.
The vigils and demonstrations turn violent as the sun sets.
Local businesses are looted and burned to the ground.
Aug. 11, 2014
Protesters shut down Florissant Road in downtown Ferguson.
Protesters are detained by police. St. Louis Police Department sends riot officers to S. Florissant Road to break up the demonstration.
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.
Police officers in riot gear patrol the streets of Ferguson. They fire tear gas into crowds of demonstrations.
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.
Tensions continue to escalate. Photos of police officers in riot gear confronting unarmed protesters begin going viral on social media.
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.
Demonstrators gather in front of the QuikTrip convenience store that was burned down during the first night of protesting and looting.
Protesters gather in the streets of Ferguson for the third night in a row.
Once again, they are met by police officers armed with riot gear and tear gas.
Aug. 13, 2014
Protesters gather on W. Florissant Road. Police officers make a line, blocking them from Canfield Avenue.
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.
Ferguson police officers begin teargassing protesters.
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.
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.
Police officers announce that members of the media should leave the area.
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.
A Twitter account affiliated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous threatens to leak the personal information of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
The St. Louis County Police Department responds, saying they have identified the wrong person.
Twitter suspends the account.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon names Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson to oversee security in Ferguson.
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.
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.
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.
Later, looters begin ransacking local businesses. A total of five stores are hit before protesters themselves step in and stop the looting.
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.
But as the night progresses, the situation grows more intense.
Aug. 17, 2014
Protesters finally disperse early Sunday morning.
On Sunday, Gov. Nixon announces that a midnight curfew will be in place for a second night.
On Sunday night, there are reports that police are attempting to disperse crowds as early as 9 p.m.
The police claim on Twitter that protesters instigated the violence by throwing Molotov cocktails at them.
A claim which many protesters deny.
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.
Monday afternoon, Obama announces that he is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with community leaders.
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.