Ferguson: Unforgettable photos

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

Updated 9:42 AM ET, Thu August 11, 2016
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When 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Darren Wilson in August 2014, it set off a chain reaction that led to protests nationwide. These images are some of the most iconic from that period, such as this photo of a protester who adopted the "hands up" stance seen in many demonstrations. It was used because some witnesses said that Brown had his hands up when he was killed. Click through the gallery for more images surrounding the protests. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Brown was a recent high school graduate and was days away from starting college when he was killed. His father, Michael Brown Sr., cried out at his son's funeral in St. Louis. Richard Perry-Pool/Getty Images
Heavily armed police confronted and eventually detained a man during protests two days after Brown's shooting. Whitney Curtis/The New York Times
Demonstrators marked the first anniversary of the shooting by staging a "die in" along Ferguson's West Florissant Avenue. Scott Olson/Getty Images
After a grand jury decided in November 2014 not to indict Wilson in Brown's death, Ferguson erupted in protests. Some were peaceful, but other demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at police who responded with tear gas. Charlie Riedel/AP
This is one of the most famous images from Ferguson, taken just four days after Brown's death. It captured a protester returning a tear gas canister fired by police who were trying to disperse the crowds. Robert Cohen/St Louis Post-Dispatch/
Scenes from Ferguson would at times show protesters treating their faces for exposure to elements like tear gas. This woman received assistance flushing out her eyes after being sprayed with mace when a peaceful protest escalated in August 2014. Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images
During the November 2014 protests following the grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson, some Ferguson businesses were looted and set on fire, along with police cars. Charlie Riedel/AP
It didn't take long for crowds to gather at the site of Brown's shooting on Canfield Drive. A makeshift memorial was placed there in the weeks following his death. Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images