FERGUSON, Mo. - Police in Ferguson have released the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb Aug. 9.
He was identified Friday as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department, during a news conference with Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
Police have said 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot Saturday after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of the men pushed the officer into his squad car, then physically assaulted him in the vehicle and struggled with the officer over the officer's weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car. The struggle then spilled onto the street, where Brown was shot multiple times.
Witnesses have said the officer fired on Brown as he tried to run away.
Meanwhile, the attorney for Brown's family claims police are trying to assassinate the victim's character by saying he committed a robbery that day.
Jackson released documents Friday saying Brown was suspected of stealing a box of cigars shortly before he was killed.
The attorney, Benjamin Crump, says Brown's parents are "incensed" by what he calls "the old game of smoke and mirrors." He says the family was blind-sided by Friday's announcement.
Crump says "it's bad enough they assassinated him, and now they're trying to assassinate his character."