On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by 28-year-old white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Brown was accompanied by his 22-year-old friend Dorian Johnson.
It will never be perfectly clear what happened on that day. But the grand jury and US Department of Justice didn’t believe there was enough evidence to file charges against Wilson for wrongdoing.
Wilson claimed Brown was violent throughout the encounter, even charging at the officer after gunshots were fired. But some eyewitness testimony, which is notoriously unreliable, said Brown was trying to flee from Wilson and attempted to surrender by raising his hands up before he was killed.