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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown outside Greater St. Marks Family Church while Brown’s family along with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and a capacity crowd of guests met inside to discuss the killing on August 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the nearby suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight the town remained mostly peaceful. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Police released the name of the officer who shot Missouri teen Michael Brown, an incident that sparked a storm of protests from Missouri to Los Angeles. Take Two spoke with UCLA history chair Brenda Stevenson about what happened in Ferguson and how it fits in with other historical instances of violence involving young black males.