It occurs to me that the choices Mike Brown (the "Gentle Giant") made that fateful day were what led up to his demise.
He chose to steal cigars:
He chose to push the shopkeeper around:
He chose to walk down the middle of the street, attracting attention to himself:
He chose NOT to move to the sidewalk when asked by Officer Darren Wilson:
He chose to fight with Officer Wilson:
He chose to ignore the orders to stop:
He chose to turn around and confront Officer Wilson:
He chose to ignore another order to stop and get on the ground:
Witnesses (credible ones) corroborate the story.
He made all those decisions. The result was his death. He could have stopped the chain at any time by making better choices.