Police in St. Louis identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death sparked sustained protests in the Missouri suburb of Ferguson that at times turned violent. Wilson has been with the St. Louis police force for 6 years with a clean record. No other details were made available.
Police also released dispatch records, a surveillance video, and police documents on a strong-arm robbery that took place at a convenient store minutes before Brown was gunned down. Brown and a friend were suspected of stealing a box of Swisher Sweets Cigars.
Yesterday,the Missouri Highway Patrol took over security in Ferguson from the St. Louis County police after what many claimed as an overly aggressive show of force.
Without a video of the shooting, what kind of evidence would a prosecutor or an investigator need to determine whether excessive force was used, or whether the shooting of Brown was justified? How would the video surveillance factor into the investigation?
Yamiche Alcindor, USA Today breaking news reporter who’s been covering the story from Ferguson, Mo.
Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School