Micheal Brown Jr.
May 20, 1996
August 9, 2014
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Micheal Brown Jr. was born on May 20th, 1996 in to the family of Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. in Florissant, Missouri. After his parents separated, Brown grew up living alternately with his extended family. Although he struggled early with his education, attending several different high schools, Brown recovered, graduated with his class in 2014, and planned to enroll in a trade school.He was also an amateur rap musician who posted his songs on the popular music-sharing site SoundCloud under the handle Big'Mike.
Brown was fatally shot by 28-year-old white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. He was accompanied by his 22-year-old friend Dorian Johnson. Wilson said that an altercation ensued when Brown attacked Wilson in his police vehicle for control of Wilson's gun until it was fired. Johnson said that Wilson initiated a confrontation by grabbing Brown by the neck through his car window, threatening him and then shooting at him. According to Johnson, Wilson then shot Brown multiple times until Brown fell to the ground. In the entire altercation, Wilson fired a total of twelve bullets, including twice during the struggle in the car; the last was probably the fatal shot. Brown was struck six times, all in the front of his body.
Was justice served?
On March 4, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wilson would not be charged in the shooting. Its report said there was no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson's stated subjective believe that he feared for his safety," and that accounts that Brown put his hands up are "inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence". The Department of Justice determined that there was not sufficient evidence to charge Officer Wilson.