Police Identify Officer in Michael Brown Shooting, UPDATE: Brown Primary Suspect in Convenience Store Robbery Moments Before he was Killed

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

FERGUSON, Mo. — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager identified the officer on Friday as Darren Wilson.

“We’re here to serve and protect. We’re not here to instill fear.”

— Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement after initially declining to the release the name, saying the officer had received numerous death threats. The officer has been on administrative leave since the shooting Saturday of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has sparked several days of clashes with furious protesters.

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 13. Reuters

“All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas. This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”Police Shooting Missouri

— Pedro Smith, protester 

But on Thursday, county police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of peaceful protesters. The dramatic shift came after Gov. Jay Nixon assigned oversight of the protests to the state Highway Patrol, stripping that authority from the St. Louis County Police Department.

Michael Brown was a robbery suspect before he was shot to death, police say

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CNN reports: Police named the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown on Friday, then released documents containing a bombshell: The 18-year-old was the “primary suspect” in the robbery of a convenience store moments before he was killed.

Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department, was responding to that call when he encountered Brown, police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters.

According to the documents, Brown roughly handled a clerk trying to stop him before walking out of the store with a box of Swisher Sweets cigars…(read more)

“All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas,” Pedro Smith, who has participated in the nightly protests, said Thursday. “This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”

People drive down the street honking their horns, raising their arms and holding signs in Ferguson on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

People drive down the street honking their horns, raising their arms and holding signs in Ferguson on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

The more tolerant response came as President Barack Obama spoke publicly for the first time about Saturday’s fatal shooting — and the subsequent violence that shocked the nation and threatened to tear apart Ferguson, a town of 21,000 that is nearly 70 percent black and patrolled by a nearly all-white police force.

Obama said there was “no excuse” for violence, either against the police or by officers against peaceful protesters.

Tensions boiled over after a candlelight vigil Sunday night, as looters smashed and burned businesses in the neighborhood, where police have repeatedly fired tear gas and smoke bombs.

Police have said Brown was shot after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of the men pushed the officer into his squad car, then physically assaulted him in the vehicle and struggled with the officer over the officer’s weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car before the struggle spilled onto the street, where Brown was shot multiple times, according to police.

But a much different story has been told by Dorian Johnson, who says he was walking down the street with Brown when he was shot…(read more)

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  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet FERGUSON, Mo. — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager identified the officer on Friday as Darren Wilson. “We’re here to serve and protect. We’re not here to instill fear.” – Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement after initially declining […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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