Author Ken Dye sheds light on the shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. by a Ferguson police officer in his new book: Michael Brown, Jr. didn't have to die

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New book by Ken Dye, “Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die,” blends reports from eye witnesses, law enforcement leaders, the Grand Jury, forensics experts, police officers and mass media into one comprehensive analysis of the Ferguson incident, while revealing missed opportunities to calm the protests.

Ken Dye, author of Michael Brown, Jr. didn't have to die

The lives of Michael Brown, Jr. and Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson intersected for 45 seconds, long enough to throw the country into a prolonged period of civil unrest which continues to affect police and the public today via the Ferguson Effect.

Author Ken Dye released a new book, Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, which compiles data and reports from multiple sources about the shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr. on August 9, 2014 by Darren Wilson, a police officer of Ferguson, Missouri. Dye weaves all the conflicting accounts of the incident into one analysis and identifies opportunities which could have averted the situation and much of the destructive aftermath.

“As a seasoned police investigator, I have a burning desire to get to the truth. After combing through many reports about Ferguson, the Grand Jury testimony and findings by the Department of Justice, I felt this incident had not been totally and honestly communicated to the public. People should be allowed to determine what occurred based on all the evidence and data available,“ explains Ken Dye.

The public outcry for social justice and growing anti-police sentiments have ignited violence and turmoil not only in the St. Louis area, but across our country. Dye believes, “Proper communication of the truth could have prevented much of the destruction. I hope this book reveals the need for truth and transparency from leaders, media and bystanders who harness the power of the internet at their fingertips.”

Because the book digs deep into many facts which have been buried among hundreds of pages of transcripts and police officer testimony, readers will learn the reality behind how the initial gunshot ensued and why Michael Brown’s body lied in the street for hours. The author interjects some behind-the-scene stories into this narrative to add interest.

Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die is being published by Peppertree Publishing and is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble bookstores.
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: The Peppertree Press (November 9, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1614933820
ISBN-13: 978-1614933823
Product Dimensions: 6 x .4 x 9 inches

About Author Ken Dye
Having grown up in Rolla, Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He retired to Florida and has authored two crime novels, "Shadow of the Arch" and "Beyond the Shadow of the Arch." His newest book, Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, is his first non-fiction work. For more information about the author, visit his blog or

About the Publisher
The Peppertree Press, located in Sarasota, Florida, is an independent publisher which has published a number of award-winning books recognized by such prestigious awards programs as the Readers’ Choice Awards, the Royal Palms Literary Awards, and the Mom’s Choice Awards. The Peppertree Press is located at 1269 First Street, Suite 7 in Sarasota, Florida 34236 and can be reached at (941) 922-2622.

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