National moment of silence held Tuesday for 2 year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death

NBC News

(WCBD) Tuesday, August 9, marks the two year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a white police officer. Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

A grand jury chose not to indict Wilson, and the Department of Justice cleared Wilson of any civil rights violations. This sparked dozens of protests in the following months, and inspired the Black Lives Matter movement.

There will be several events commemorating the somber anniversary on Tuesday, including a vigil at the memorial site and a national moment of silence, which will last 4.5 minutes beginning at 12:55 p.m. ET.

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