Karen Hill, 56, of Ferguson.
A group of children dance and play during a protest on West Florissant Avenue by a truck, blasting music, with on a sign on it which reads “No shoot, No Loot.” Moments later the police came and made them get down from the top of the truck and turn off the music.
A National Guard hummer drives past a Target in Ferguson, next to a base the guard has set up in the shopping center parking lot.
On August 9th, 2014, the community of Ferguson, Missouri was shaken and irate by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Unarmed and only 18 years old, the teenager was shot by St. Louis Police Officer Darren Wilson in broad daylight. The people of Ferguson took to the streets in protest and met with tear gas and rubber bullets from local law enforcement. Curfews, tactical military vehicles, machine guns and an overwhelming sense of unraveling authority were rampant through the suburb’s generally quiet streets. The aftermath swelled for days afterward, leaving a town and a country haunted by age-old questions of racism in America. With media and reporters flooding Ferguson’s neighborhoods, photographer Natalie Keyssar was witness to the events that took place while on assignment for The Wall Street Journal. She spoke with us about her on-the-ground experience, the people that she met and the stories that stayed with her long after she left.