On August 9, 2014, Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Brown was walking with his friend Dorian Johnson in a predominantly black suburb of St. Louis when a police car drove near them. The police officer told them to move over to the sidewalk as he thought they might be the two suspects involved in stealing cigars from a convenient store. Wilson drove a little further, then stopped and reverted his car in order to block off the street.
From this point on there are two versions of what happened next.
Darren Wilson claimed that Michael Brown reached through the window of his car trying to grab his gun. During this fight two shots went off, one hitting Brown's hand.
Dorian Johnson said that Wilson reached out of the window to put his arm around Brown's neck. As Brown tried to free himself two shots were fired.
Wilson said that Michael Brown first ran away but then turned around, starting to walk towards him. He said that at this point he feared for his life. He shot Michael Brown six times. One bullet hit Michael's head.
Johnson said that Michael Brown was running away from Wilson but when Wilson kept shooting he stopped, turned around and raised his arms. At this point, he said, Wilson shot and killed his friend.
No matter which version holds the truth. What is known is that Michael Brown, a 18-year-old African American was unarmed when he was shot six times by white police officer Darren Wilson.