The police officer who shot Michael Brown has been identified as Darren Wilson, a six year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri have identified the officer who shot Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen killed after an altercation with police. He's been identified as Darren Wilson, a six year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the officer has had no disciplinary action taken against him during his time on the force. Police released the officer's identity at a news conference Friday morning after nearly a week of angry confrontations between protesters and riot gear-clad local police. There was a marked shift to a calmer tone on Thursday after local forces were replaced by a small number of state police, led by a newly appointed black captain who mingled with the crowd. In a tactical U-turn, Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, appointed by Missouri's governor, Jay Nixon, and a handful of black officers without body armor walked among thousands of protesters filling the streets of the mostly black St. Louis suburb on Thursday, demanding justice for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The protests have cast a spotlight on racial tensions in greater St. Louis, where civil rights groups have complained in the past that police racially profiled blacks, arrested a disproportionate number of them and had racist hiring practices. Two thirds of the town's population of 21,000 are black while 50 of its 53-strong police force are white. Brown's shooting galvanized a national moment of silence and rallies in other U.S. cities.
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