Much of the nation’s attention has been turned on the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., this week as civilian protesters and police officers have clashed in a hail of flash-bang grenades, tear gas and riot gear.

The protests began after a still-unnamed St. Louis County police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed and apparently walking away from the officer who pulled the trigger.

Although police have tried to protect the identity of the officers involved, they will eventually have to file a police report about the incident — and all the questionably legal incidents that have occurred in the past few days as cops have harassed, assaulted and arrested protesters. That report will be a public record and, eventually, we will know the name of the man who killed Michael Brown.