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Standoff in Ferguson: 72 hours of grief and anger in the wake of a controversial killing


On Saturday, August 9, at about noon, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was walking with a friend down Canfield Drive in Ferguson when they crossed paths with a police officer. Minutes later, Brown lay face down in the middle of the street, dead — shot multiple times by the Ferguson cop. What took place is still unclear, and accounts from witnesses and the official police narrative differ wildly. But one thing is known: Brown was unarmed. Comparisons were immediately made to Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant, and word of the death — along with photos of Brown's body — spread nationally by Saturday evening.

What follows is a chronological compilation of 72 hours worth of Riverfront Times' reporting on Brown's death, the investigation and the violence that erupted after the sun set in north county.

- Sunday Morning: A Family Devastated

- Sunday Evening: A Peaceful Protest Turns Violent

- Monday Predawn: Shopkeepers Respond to Looting

- Monday Morning: Cleaning Up and Taking Heat

- Monday Midmorning: Peace Briefly Briefly Returns to Ferguson

- Monday Afternoon: Grieving Family Seeks Justice, Urges Nonviolence

- Monday Evening: NAACP Pleads for Restraint, Not All Agree

- Monday Night: "You Guys Are in the Middle of a War Zone."

- Late-Night Monday: Tension Flares, Tear Gas Flies

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