ROTTERDAM, August 15 -- Officer in state of Missouri says Darren Wilson encountered 18-year-old Michael Brown after robbery reports circulated.
Authorities in the US state of Missouri have identified the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, sparking violent protests and accusations of racism.
Thomas Jackson, the top police officer for the city of Ferguson in Missouri, said police officer Darren Wilson encountered 18-year-old Michael Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, after reports of a robbery circulated on police radio.
Ferguson police had earlier withheld the name of the officer involved, citing security concerns. The move triggered rioting in the mid-western state. Jackson said Brown was suspected of stealing cigars and pushing a clerk at a nearby convenience store earlier that day. Jackson released several police reports and documents during a news conference, and said the police officer involved had been placed on administrative leave since the shooting on August 9. According to the police reports, Brown and his friend Johnson, were suspected of taking a box of cigars from a store in Ferguson that morning.
Jackson said the police officer behind the shooting, along with other officers, was called to the area after a police call reporting a "strong-arm'' robbery just before noon.
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