Nearly a week after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the officer was identified today as Darren Wilson, the Washington Post reports. Wilson is a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police with no disciplinary record, said police chief Thomas Jackson. He said Wilson had been responding to a call shortly before noon on Saturday when there was a 911 call regarding a “strong-arm robbery” at a convenience store. Jackson did not provide further details of how Wilson came to shoot the unarmed Brown.
Witnesses say Brown had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot. No violent clashes were reported after hundreds of protesters gathered and marched near the flashpoint where riots and civil unrest have unfolded in recent days. Citizens protesting Brown’s death appeared to be getting along peacefully as they marched alongside state troopers, who took over operational control of the protest scenes yesterday.