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.