Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed Saturday during an altercation with a Ferguson police officer on a street lined with houses. Police and witnesses agree the teen did not have a gun and that a third person was also involved; beyond that, the details of Brown’s death are in dispute. A federal investigation has been opened alongside the local one.
Protests against the officer’s killing of Brown began shortly after the incident occurred in Ferguson, a predominantly African-American community northwest of downtown St. Louis. On Saturday, Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, was seen holding a cardboard sign reading, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son.”
A march and prayer vigil that began as a way to honor Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was killed by police Saturday, ended with looting and violence in suburban St. Louis Sunday night. the FBI is working with the St Louis Police Department to review the case.