Name of officer who fired fatal shots to be released

FERGUSON, Mo. – Ferguson police will release the name of the officer who fired the shots that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Thomas Jackson with the Ferguson Police Department confirmed to NewsChannel 5 the officer's name will be released by 12 p.m. during a news conference.

Brown was killed Saturday afternoon by a Ferguson police officer. Witnesses say Brown had raised his hands to surrender when the officer fired the fatal shots. Police have not confirmed that information, and have only said that Brown was unarmed.

Riots broke out in north St. Louis County Sunday night as protesters demanded justice. Local stores were vandalized and looted, 32 people were arrested, and two police officers suffered minor injuries.

Monday morning protesters gathered at the Ferguson Police Department calling for the release of the officer's name and Ferguson police's "Protocol Handbook." They also want the department's employees to reflect the racial demographic of the community.

Earlier on Monday, NewsChannel 5 confirmed the FBI will take over the death investigation.


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