Unarmed Teen Killed by Ferguson, MO Police Officer was Suspect in Robbery

A six-year police veteran named Darren Wilson was identified Friday as the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb last weekend, touching off a week of sometimes violent protests and a military-style police response.

A police report made public Friday also revealed that the teen, Michael Brown, was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from a convenience store and assaulting a clerk minutes before the officer shot him to death.

Thomas Jackson, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, named the officer at a press conference, standing in front of another convenience store that was burned during the protests. He had refused to release the name for days, infuriating the protesters.

No prior disciplinary action had been taken against Wilson, Jackson said.

The chief described what happened minutes before the shooting as a “strongarm robbery” at the convenience store. The police report said that Brown was there with another man, Dorian Johnson. Police also released pictures taken from surveillance video that appeared to show a confrontation.

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