UPDATE: Friday, Ferguson police revealed a video from a robbery that occurred at a neighborhood convenience store Saturday showing a man fitting the description of 18 year old Michael Brown as a suspect. Brown, who was known as the "Gentle Giant" weighed 292 lbs and was 6'4", appears to have physically attacked the store owner while taking a box of cigars from the store.
Police responded to a call to be on the lookout for the suspect, and are now saying that the encounter that led to Brown's shooting stemmed from the robbery report.
Black activists in the Ferguson dispute are calling the release of this information and a video of the robbery "smear tactics."
Social Networks spread word of Ferguson disturbance, Chicagoans respond
FERGUSON - Thursday night, the city of Ferguson Missouri was calmer than it has been since a black youth was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday. Thursday, the State Highway Patrol assumed authority, dramatically changed response tactics and participated in a silent demonstration.
Confirmed details of Saturday's confrontation between Ferguson police and Michael Brown have yet to emerge, but word of protests asserting police brutality and excessive force were picked up and spread worldwide by social media. As tempers flared, protests grew more intense and police responded with military vehicles, weaponry and armor.
The normally quiet Ferguson with 20,000 residents became a war zone as tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at protesters to control and break up the crowds. Tuesday night protesters looted, stole merchandise and set fire to several Ferguson businesses as the crowds grew larger and more intense.
The protestors have received reinforcements from around the country. On Tuesday, Black Panther members were spotted in the crowd. On Wednesday, members of the Revolution Club of Chicago took turns inciting the protestors with messages through a megaphone.
"This system is totally illegitimate and we are here to stand with the people who are rising up in the face of massive police terror," Revolution Club member Gregory Koger told Courthouse News. "This community is being terrorized by the police. These young men can't even walk down the street without being terrorized by the police."
Sample tweets on #Ferguson that have gone viral and worldwide -
This YouTube circulated by "Anonymous" called for protests nationwide to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson.
Anonymous supporters held a vigil in downtown Chicago Thursday afternoon: