His death shined a bright light on the chasm between law enforcement and black residents and made Ferguson the site of violent clashes between police and demonstrators.
ROSENBAUM: Ferguson remains under a federal consent decree restructuring the city's police department and government, and Wesley Bell says that's led to real change.
Bell is St. Louis County's prosecutor and was elected to the Ferguson City Council after Brown's death.
ROSENBAUM: Others question why the Justice Department only focused on Ferguson and not other St. Louis County cities with frayed police relationships.
ROSENBAUM: Ella Jones, the city's just-elected mayor, expresses solidarity with the protest movement but says it's time for people to stop targeting Ferguson, especially when residents and city leaders have done much of the hard work that lies ahead for dozens of cities across the nation.