18 years old
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wilson, in his vehicle, approaches Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson and he sees that Brown fits a description for a suspect in a convenience store theft.
He tells the two men to move to the sidewalk, and then makes a call to a dispatcher. Wilson’s vehicle blocks the two men, as well as traffic.
An altercation occurs, and Wilson, still in his vehicle, fires two shots at Brown, who is standing outside at his window. One misses, and the other grazes his thumb.
Brown and Johnson flee, and Wilson pursues Brown on foot.
Brown stops, and turns to face Wilson, who also stops. Wilson then fires 10 times as Brown allegedly moves toward him. He is shot a total of 6 times.
The event sparked outrage and unrest. Johnson claims that Brown put his hands up after Wilson fired at his back, and protestors soon adopted the phrase “hands up don’t shoot.”
In November of 2014, it was announced that Darren Wilson was not indicted of any charges regarding the death of Michael Brown. The decision ignited intense protest in Ferguson.