Michael Brown's friend hired by city of St. Louis

3 years 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, December 09 2014 Dec 9, 2014 Tuesday, December 09, 2014 2:57:50 PM CST December 09, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The man who was with Michael Brown when he was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer has been hired by the city of St. Louis through a training program.

Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, Jeff Rainford, confirmed Monday that 22-year-old Dorian Johnson is working through a state-grant program called St. Louis' Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the temporary job pays about $8.50 an hour. Rainford says Johnson met the program's low-income eligibility requirements.

Johnson was with Brown at a Ferguson business when Brown allegedly stole a box of cigarillos and shoved a store employee shortly before the confrontation with Wilson.

His former attorney, Freeman Bosley Jr., said Johnson was happy to have a job.

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