Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson named in shooting death of Michael Brown

FERGUSON, Mo. - Ferguson Police Friday named the officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager last weekend.

The officer is Darren Wilson.

Ferguson, Missouri, police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson is a six year veteran and that he has no previous disciplinary actions.

Jackson did not release any other details about Wilson, including his race.

18-year-old Michael Brown, an African-American, was shot to death Saturday.

Police have said Brown was shot 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.

Dorian Johnson, who says he was with Brown, has told a much different story. He has said the officer ordered them out of the street, then grabbed his friend's neck and tried to pull him into the car before brandishing his weapon and firing. He says Brown started to run and the officer pursued him, firing multiple time

After days of unrest and protests, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon assigned oversight of the protests to the state Highway Patrol Thursday, stripping local police from the St. Louis County Police Department of their authority.

Nixon appointed Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is black, to lead the police effort. Johnson, who grew up near Ferguson and commands a region that includes St. Louis County, marched alongside protesters Thursday, joined by other high-ranking brass from the Highway Patrol as well as the county department. The marchers also had a police escort.

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