POLITICS
08/16/2014 07:53 am ET | Updated Aug 21, 2014

Ferguson Protesters Guard Stores From Looters

Chaos broke out in the streets of Ferguson on Friday night, the same day that police announced the name of the officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown and released footage appearing to show Brown stealing cigarettes from a convenience store. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson later said Friday the initial contact between Brown and officer Darren Wilson was not related to a convenience store robbery.

A peaceful protest on Friday night turned into another confrontation with police after some in the crowd reportedly threw rocks and people began looting stores, including the convenience store that Brown was accused of robbing. Police formed lines and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

In the midst of it all, protesters took it upon themselves to guard stores against looting.

Young man explaining why he is protecting store from looters https://t.co/Sj9M3BEIls

— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 16, 2014

"Ain't nobody going in this motherfucker, bro" - resident guarding beauty store pic.twitter.com/NMS55aH1Tg

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 16, 2014

Men are trying to stop others from looting the liquor store. "Man you're better than that" pic.twitter.com/8ckpdlTOvP

— Amanda M. Sakuma (@iamsakuma) August 16, 2014

Community members trying to calm down crowd in front of #ferguson mart and liquor

— Conetta (@BmoreConetta) August 16, 2014

"They think we all ignorant niggas but we're not. We protecting this." pic.twitter.com/t9DNnZNNqJ

— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) August 16, 2014

"Who you out here for? Better be for Mike Brown." Protesters guarding a liquor store from looters early Saturday a.m. pic.twitter.com/01TPOleFXR

— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) August 16, 2014

Some reporters on scene noted that police appeared to be hanging back from intervening with looters, and that a small minority of protesters was looting.

As a store burns, cars do donoughts in the street, people loot, others stop them & the city turns chaotic police say nothing & sit in trucks

— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 16, 2014

Despite looting, police have not moved from their position. Still holding back #Ferguson

— Conetta (@BmoreConetta) August 16, 2014

Despite looting, police have not moved from their position. Still holding back #Ferguson

— Conetta (@BmoreConetta) August 16, 2014

there are a few rogue dudes who want to fuck shit up most residents trying to stop, stop looting stop violence.

— Amy K. Nelson (@AmyKNelson) August 16, 2014

Cops nowhere near. Crowd policing ITSELF. Community leaders and NIO/Panthers PREVENTING LOOTING

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 16, 2014

Hundreds in the streets. Only a few dozen attempting to loot. Dozens more physically trying to prevent

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 16, 2014

08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT

The Toll On Michael Brown's Family

USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:

Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.

In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.

"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."

Read the rest at USA Today.

08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT

New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot

New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.

CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.

Read the rest here.

08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT

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08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT

Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents

USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father

08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT

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08/25/2014 12:16 PM EDT

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