Missouri police name officer who shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson

Friday 15 August 2014 22.32
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There have been several nights of protests in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown
There have been several nights of protests in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown
Local have held vigils for the teenager, who was unarmed at the time of the shooting
Local have held vigils for the teenager, who was unarmed at the time of the shooting

Police in Missouri have named Darren Wilson as the officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson last weekend.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced the name at a press conference this afternoon.

Ferguson police had earlier withheld the name of the officer involved, citing security concerns.

The briefing was held near a convenience store that had been burned amid protests over the shooting last Saturday.

Some of the demonstrations turned violent with looting and riots.

Mr Jackson said he would answer reporters' questions at another briefing later today.