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Ferguson, six months later

On Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. In the weeks that followed, the city was the stage for protests and riots, as a new chapter in America’s long and fraught grapple with race was born.


Published: Feb. 9, 2015

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Canfield Drive

On the small side street where Michael Brown was shot, a memorial of stuffed animals, candles and flowers remains.

Jahi Chikwendiu/TWP

Canfield Drive

On the small side street where Michael Brown was shot, a memorial of stuffed animals, candles and flowers remains.

Jahi Chikwendiu/TWP

Six months later, we returned to Ferguson and four locations in a one-mile radius that remain at the heart of the protests and violence that unfolded last summer.

Memorial

QuikTrip

Ferguson Market and Liquor

Ferguson PD

Google Earth

The QuikTrip

This gas station was set aflame by vandals August 10. The rubble that remained became a town square during the weeks of chaos that followed.

Sid Hastings/AP

The QuikTrip

This gas station was set aflame by vandals August 10. The rubble that remained became a town square during the weeks of chaos that followed.

Sid Hastings/AP

Along West Florissant Avenue, down the street from the QuikTrip, protests and riots broke out, and businesses were looted and vandalized.

Memorial

Ferguson Market and Liquor

Google Earth

Ferguson and Florissant

During weeks of unrest, stores such as Ferguson Market were consistently looted. Six months later, some stores remain boarded up, their owners unconvinced that this period of volatility is really over.

Robert Cohen/AP

Ferguson and Florissant

During weeks of unrest, stores such as Ferguson Market were consistently looted. Six months later, some stores remain boarded up, their owners unconvinced that this period of volatility is really over.

Robert Cohen/AP

Memorial

Ferguson PD

A few miles from the boarded-up stores on West Florisant is the Ferguson Police Department, on South Florissant Avenue.

Google Earth

Ferguson PD

This lot was the staging ground for clashes between protesters and police. In the months following the unrest, the conversation about race and policing continues in cities across the country. And in Missouri, a commission is examining how structural and socioeconomic inequities contributed to unrest over the summer​.

Charlie Ridel/AP

Ferguson PD

This lot was the staging ground for clashes between protesters and police. In the months following the unrest, the conversation about race and policing continues in cities across the country. And in Missouri, a commission is examining how structural and socioeconomic inequities contributed to unrest over the summer​.

Charlie Ridel/AP