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No Top Felony Convictions on Michael Brown's Juvenile Record: Court

Two media requests seek any sealed criminal records for the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Ferguson.
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A Missouri court official said Wednesday that Ferguson police-shooting victim Michael Brown was never convicted of a serious A-level or B-level felony as a juvenile and was not facing any charges at the time of his death, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday. It's unknown if he was ever charged with any lesser offenses.

The newspaper is one of two media outlets that went to court to force the release of any juvenile criminal records that might exist for the 18-year-old killed Aug. 9 by a police officer. The court has not decided whether to release the full record, but the official did give a few details during the hearing.

Police have said Brown, who was unarmed when he was shot, did not have an adult criminal record — but juvenile records in the state are sealed so it was unclear if he had any run-ins with the law when he was younger.

The Post-Dispatch petitioned for the release after Brown's death sparked days of protests and reignited national debate on race and police tactics, saying it sought to "report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation." A separate request was filed by Charles C. Johnson, a conservative journalist with an online news site.

Meanwhile, a grand jury investigating the shooting is meeting for the third time on Wednesday.


— Tracy Connor