Ferguson Police information-release strategy draws criticism on Twitter

It took nearly a week for Ferguson, Missouri, police to release the name of the officer - Darren Wilson - who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday.

FERGUSON, MISSOURI: It took nearly a week for Ferguson, Missouri, police to release the name of the officer – Darren Wilson – who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday.

The police department has faced criticism at home and from members of the media for not releasing the identity of the officer until Friday. However, the situation in Ferguson calmed considerably Thursday night after Governor Jay Nixon put Missouri’s Highway Patrol in charge of the town’s security, relieving local authorities.

The police report was also released on Friday. It alleged Brown was trying to shoplift cigars before he was shot to death. Many took to Twitter to express their frustration over what they called the department’s efforts to detract from the shooting.

Some noted that criminals from convicted murderers to petty thieves receive due process.

It did not go unnoticed that Brown’s autopsy report has not been released.

Many were unconvinced of the severity of Brown’s alleged crime.

Others had a contrarian opinion on the police department’s decision to wait until Friday to release more information about the case.

This post was updated on August 15 to correct Brown's age. He was 18 years of age, not 16.

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