On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, a black man, was shot and killed by white Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed. The shooting, and the subsequent withholding of details by Ferguson Police, sparked unrest as occasionally violent demonstrations were met by a highly militarized police response. As media flocked to the town, the outright violence slowly subsided, but tensions remained high. The following photographs are from August 21 and 22, 2014.
Please also see Faces of Ferguson, shot on assignment for the Atlantic Wire.