After close to a week of refusing to release the name of the police officer who killed unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown, the Ferguson Police Department is moments away from revealing his killer.
The officer’s name is Darren Wilson.
Brown, who was scheduled to begin college in two days on the day that he was gunned down while walking with a friend, has sparked an uprising in Ferguson. The community refused to be silenced and have relentlessly demanded justice for the teen, affectionately known as “Mike Mike.”
According to reports, the officer is a 6-year veteran on the force and has no history of disciplinary action on his record. Attorney Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Brown’s family and who was also legal counsel for the family of Trayvon Martin, said that Brown’s body was the worst police shooting that he’d ever seen.
‘National Moment of Silence’ vigils, spearheaded by Feminista Jones, were held across the country for Brown yesterday.
Over the course of six days, the citizens of Ferguson were sprayed with rubber bullets, tear-gassed and arrested for legally assembling to protest Brown’s death.
Yesterday, the Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of Ferguson from the police department.
Watch live stream of the police press conference here.