Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

The fatal shooting on August 9, 2014, of unarmed Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, exposed tension between the city government and the largely black community. Ferguson erupted into violent protests in 2014 after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer.

It was one of a series of killings of black men, mostly by white police officers, that set off a nationwide debate about the use of police force, especially against minorities.

A sharply critical report by the Justice Department in 2015 documented discriminatory actions by Ferguson police and the municipal court system, especially against blacks. (Reuters)

See the related story: Wounds are still raw in Ferguson, three years after Michael Brown by Caitlin Dickson/Yahoo News >>>

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Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 20, 2014. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman. (Joshua Lott/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Aug 13, 2014 – Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. – A protester takes shelter from tear gas canisters exploding around him on West Florissant Ave. On this night protesters attempted to throw Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles at police. This was the four straight night police used tear gas to disperse crowds protesting the death of Michael Brown. (David Carson/St Louis Post-Dispatch/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

People protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A man holds his hands up in the street after a standoff with police Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A police officer raises his weapon at a car speeding in his general direction as a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators stands on the sidewalk during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Demonstrators march down West Florissant during a peaceful march in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

St. Louis County and Dellwood police detain two people on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Both people were released after being questioned. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Distpatch//TNS/ZUMA Wire)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police arrest a demonstrator, on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown . After a protest the day before ended with a barrage of tear gas and gunfire, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon activated the national guard to help with security. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Demonstrators face off with police after tear gas was fired at protesters reacting to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Protesters react to the effects of tear gas which was fired at demonstrators reacting to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. Shots were fired and police shouted through bullhorns for protesters to disperse, witnesses said, as chaos erupted Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri, which has been racked by protests since the unarmed black teenager was shot by police on August 9. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. Police in Ferguson fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters late on Wednesday, on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Brown, 18, by a police officer on August 9 after what police said was a struggle with a gun in a police car. A witness in the case told local media that Brown had raised his arms to police to show that he was unarmed before being killed. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A looter takes items from inside the QuikTrip in 9400 block of W. Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 10, 2014. The looters later burned the store. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS/ZUMA Wire)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A member of the St. Louis County Police tactical team fires tear gas into a crowd of people in response to a series of gunshots fired at the police during demonstrations along W. Florissant Road near the QuikTrip on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters also threw bottles and rocks with at least one rock striking an officer in the arm. Protesters and police clashed almost nightly for more than 2 weeks during the unrest that followed white police officer Darren Wilson shooting and killing unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. (David Carson/St Louis Post-Dispatch/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police officers briefly detain a person in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. Police in Ferguson fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters late on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, 18, by a police officer on August 9, after what police said was a struggle with a gun in a police car. A witness in the case told local media that Brown had raised his arms to police to show that he was unarmed before being killed. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Lezley McSpadden, center, Michael Brown’s mother, cries on November 14, 2014, after learning of a grand jury’s decision in St. Louis, Missouri, to not indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed Brown, 18, on August 9. (Timothy Tai/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Michael Brown’s stepfather,center, in St. Louis, Missouri on November 14, 2014, urged protesters to ‘Burn this bitch down’ after learning of a grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed Brown, 18, on August 9. Brown’s stepfather is being criticized for urging the crowd to riot after grand jury decision. (Timothy Tai/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A person poses for a photo for his friend in front of a burning Title Max Loans business along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on November 25, 2014. Protesters took to the streets, erupting in mass looting and confrontation with riot police throughout the night, after a grand jury did not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. (Laurie Skrivan/TNS/ZUMA Wire)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Edward Crawford, returns a tear gas container shot by tactical police officers after they worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road near West Florissant on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via ZUMA Press)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A law enforcement officer on a tactical vehicle watches after a device was fired to disperse a crowd on August 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Protesters shove a police car after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Jeremiah Parker, 4, stands in front of his mother, Shatara Parker, as they attend a protest Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown looks at law enforcement officers as she attends a protest at the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Cars burn at a dealership Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

People defy a curfew Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, before smoke and tear gas was fired to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting in the middle of a street following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Sabrina Webb, a cousin of Michael Brown, leads a protest near the site where the black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo on November 22, 2014. Hours after the announcement on November 24, 2017, that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the killing of Michael Brown, DeAndre Joshua, Webb’s friend, was shot and killed. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A protester walks out of a store with goods after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police arrest a man as they disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo., early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, druing a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

People protest Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. Yesterday 32 arrests were made after protests turned into rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Gina Gowdy holds an upside-down American flag Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo., more than three months after an unarmed black 18-year-old man was shot and killed there by a white policeman. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Demonstrators raise their hands and chant “hands up, don’t shoot” during a protest over the killing of Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. Some reports state that Brown hand his hands in the air when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in suburban Ferguson, Missouri. Two days of unrest including rioting and looting have followed the shooting in Ferguson. Browns parents have publicly asked for order. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight’s protest was peaceful. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown outside Greater St. Marks Family Church while Browns family along with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and a capacity crowd of guests met inside to discuss the killing on August 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the nearby suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight the town remained mostly peaceful. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

An Al Jazeera television crew, covering demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, scramble for cover as police fire tear gas into their reporting position on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

People loot the Ferguson Market and Liquor store on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Several businesses were looted as police held their position nearby. Violent outbreaks have taken place almost daily in Ferguson since the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police stand guard before the mandatory midnight curfew on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The curfew was imposed on Saturday in an attempt to reign in the violence that has erupted nearly every night in the suburban St. Louis town since the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

Police forces fire tear gas during a protest over the killing of Michael Brown as demonstrators take streets although U.S. Missouri State Governor Jay Nixon Saturday declared a curfew and a state of emergency in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, on August 17, 2014. Eighteen-year-old unarmed teen was shot dead by police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09, 2014. (Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Dramatic images from the 2014 Ferguson protests sparked by the police shooting of Michael Brown

A man gets help after being overcome by tear gas that police launched at demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police shot smoke and tear gas into the crowd of several hundred as they advanced near the police command center which has been set up in a shopping mall parking lot. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)