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Missouri police officer's name released; police say shooting victim stole cigars

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Missouri police officer's name released; police say shooting victim stole cigars

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 15, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 15, 2014

The police officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last weekend is Darren Wilson.

The name of the police officer was revealed Friday morning during a press conference by Police Chief Thomas Jackson in the city that has been under siege since the shooting. Jackson also said that Wilson has been with the police department for six years and has no disciplinary actions on his record.

No other information about the police officer was released during the brief press conference and the police chief did not answer questions.

Jackson also gave some details of a "strong-arm" robbery that took place at a local convenience store before the shooting. He did not say that the shooting victim, Michael Brown, was a suspect in the robbery during the press conference. However, documents that were released after the press conference say that Brown allegedly stole cigars from the store.

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Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Wilson last Saturday. Witnesses say Brown's hands were in the air when he was shot.

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The teenager's death was followed by nightly protests, which became increasing violent until crowds began throwing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police officers on Wednesday night. The police officers fired rubber bullets and used tear gas and smoke bombs in response. Several arrests were also made that night, including two journalists and an alderman from the city of St. Louis.

Much of the anger was a result of the police department withholding the police officer's name, as well as statements by witnesses that Brown was trying to surrender at the time he was shot. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said previously that the officer's name was not being released because of death threats against him.

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The tone of the protests changed though on Thursday and no violent clashes were reported, according to USA Today. Instead, the protesters marched alongside state troopers and even stopped to shake hands with local police and the troopers.


The troopers were brought in to help by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday after the situation in Ferguson nearly got out of control on Wednesday.

According to ABC News, Gov. Nixon believes that the release of the police officer's name will help ease the tension.

President Obama also asked for peace and calm after a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday morning.

People in other cities in the United States showed their support for the residents of Ferguson with peaceful rallies in Maine, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Tennessee, Colorado and California.

 

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.