CRIME

Friend who was with Michael Brown when he was shot in Ferguson due in court in unrelated case

The friend who was with Michael Brown last summer when the unarmed Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer is due in court on a misdemeanor charge stemming from an unrelated incident.

Dorian Johnson is to appear in court Monday on a May 7 charge of resisting arrest or interfering with a lawful stop or detention, a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors allege that the 23-year-old Johnson tried to hinder the May 6 arrest of his younger brother.

Johnson and Brown were walking in a Ferguson street last August when a white police officer, Darren Wilson, confronted them. Wilson shot and killed Brown following a scuffle.

Brown's death led to months of sometimes-violent protests and spawned a national "Black Lives Matter" movement seeking changes in how police deal with minorities.