Documents Reveal Slain Teen Was Robbery Suspect

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Standing in the parking lot of a gas station which was burned during rioting, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announces the name of the Ferguson police officer responsible for the August 9 shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 15 in Ferguson, Missouri. The officer was identified as Darren Wilson, a six year veteran of the police department. Brown's killing sparked several days of violent protests in the city.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Documents revealed by police in Ferguson say Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot by police, was a suspect in a robbery in a convenience store, shortly before the shooting.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson also named the police officer responsible for shooting Brown: Darren Wilson. The killing sparked six days of protests and clashes with police, as well as vigils around the country.

Officer Darren Wilson is said to have been on the force in Ferguson for six years with no prior disciplinary action. Wilson was among the officers responding to a “strong-arm” robbery, meaning a robbery in which force was used, at a local convenience mart.


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