1,000 Words: Death of a Ferguson protest icon

When police in Ferguson, Missouri launched tear gas into the crowd protesting the police shooting there in 2014, Edward Crawford, then 25, went for a cannister and threw it back and kept ahold of his bag of chips.

The image of that moment raced around the world, thanks to Robert Cohen, a photographer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

“This image has the life it has because of the shirt he’s wearing,” Cohen said. “This would have just been a quick conversation on Twitter,” he said about what would have been the reaction without the shirt.

Crawford is dead, Cohen reported via Twitter today.