As of Thursday afternoon, Officer Michael Slager hadn’t even reached his first 1000 dollars from crowdfunding sites.
With higher than normal turnout, Ferguson, Missouri added two African-American representatives to the city council on Tuesday night.
Just in case there are folks out there who are still clinging to the hope that the Ferguson police and city officials were accused of racism for no reason, here’s the ugly proof of what went on behind the scenes.
During Friday morning’s broadcast of Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski tried with all of her might to give Jeff Roorda, the business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, every opportunity to walk back comments he made to Fox News the previous day about Ferguson protesters wanting “dead cops.”
Instead of the story being about Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson finally resigning, Thursday morning’s headlines are filled with reports that two police officers were shot and wounded during protests in front of the Ferguson Police Department.
Hours after the Department of Justice released a report Wednesday highlighting systemic racial discrimination committed by the Ferguson Police Department, protesters gathered in front of the police station in Ferguson to call for change and the dismantling of the current department.
Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, interrupted a meeting at St. Louis City Hall Wednesday evening and sparked a melee when he pushed a young black woman to the ground.
Witnesses, experts and evidence would supposedly direct the jurors to a final decision; either the return of a True Bill indictment, followed by a trial, or no charge at all.
During a comprehensive interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep that was released Monday, President Obama spoke at length on a number of hot-button topics and issues that have come to the forefront in 2014. One of the issues he touched on was race relations in this country.
After midnight had struck and another Christmas had passed, activists and protesters in and around Ferguson got word that a memorial in honor of slain teenager Michael Brown had been run over by a car and basically destroyed. they spent the next two hours rebuilding it.
Late Tuesday night a white police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black male after an interaction at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri.
In an interview with a St. Louis radio station Friday, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch admitted he let witnesses who “clearly were not telling the truth” testify before a grand jury that decided not to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
In an interview with Fusion that will air in its entirety Tuesday evening, former President Bill Clinton told interviewer Jorge Ramos that Eric Garner did not deserve to die for the minor crime of selling untaxed cigarettes.
On Monday, The Smoking Gun published a lengthy report exposing “Witness 40,” a woman who testified before the St. Louis County grand jury who corroborated all of the main details of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s story regarding his encounter with unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
PoliticusUSA’s Justin Baragona was on the scene during a protest march through downtown St. Louis Friday morning.
Ferguson protesters marching through Missouri on their way to Jefferson City were met by angry residents in the small town of Rosebud. The residents left fried chicken in the road and waved a Confederate flag, along with verbally assaulting the protesters with racial slurs.
NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be indicted on any charges relating to the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner. Garner’s death was the result of a chokehold used by Pantaleo during an arrest.
The latest “blame Obama” crusade is reaction to the President’s request for funding to train and outfit racist cops with body cameras.
In Limbaugh’s mind. Obama, Holder and all the other race hustlers feel that they didn’t “get a win” with the Michael Brown case and now want to frame and railroad another cop over a race-based death.
For decent Americans it is beyond comprehension that it is acceptable for white supremacists, whether they are St. Louis-area cops or owners of a sports bar, to demand that African Americans suffer punishment for exercising their constitutional rights.
Rudy Giuliani has used Fox News as a safe ground to further denigrate the black community and justify the racist remarks he made on Meet The Press. This Sunday, he showed up on Fox News Sunday and continued to blame blacks for any mistreatment they may receive from law enforcement.
After Black Friday demonstrations, protest organizers arranged for another action on Saturday. This time they targeted the Brentwood Promenade, a shopping center just outside the city limits of St. Louis.
Not only did the prosecutor succeed in acquitting the murderer Darren Wilson, he convinced the grand jury to indict, try, and convict the unarmed murder victim Michael Brown.
What’s happening in Ferguson, and rattling the cages of strained municipalities throughout the country, is, of course, about our complicated and corrosive attitudes about race. And yes, always and forever when it comes to public safety and the senseless loss of life on American streets, it’s about guns.
America is not a civilized society and the concept of equality for all its citizens is exactly that; a concept. In fact, what America really has always been is a nation founded on the principles of apartheid, or the policy of racial segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-whites.
Over the past few days, both before and after the St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has made waves over his racially insensitive statements regarding Michael Brown’s death and criminal statistics within the black community.
Thousands of protesters in 170 American cities participated in rallies and marches Tuesday night to not only show their solidarity with Ferguson protesters, but to also display their outrage at the racial injustice apparent in the nation’s broken legal system.
When discussing how the legal system continuously seems to not work when it comes to men of color being killed by police officers, attorney Benjamin Crump said, “The process is broken. The process needs to be indicted.”
A 26-year-old woman accidentally shot and killed herself late Friday evening with a gun she purchased in preparation for large-scale protests in the aftermath of the impending grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown.
While covering a protest in front of the Ferguson police station Saturday night, reporter Trey Yingst was arrested for failure to disperse. Witnesses say Yingst was on the sidewalk at the time.
CNN reported late Thursday evening that sources close to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson confirm that Wilson is in the last stages of negotiating his resignation from the Ferguson police department.
The St. Louis police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers, Jr. last month was inadvertently identified by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department when his name was included in an evidence envelope when Myers’ body was delivered to the funeral home.
A man who was arrested last year by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson uploaded video of the incident to YouTube on Friday. Per the incident report filed at the time, Wilson arrested Ferguson resident Mike Arman for failing to comply with orders.
The ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous responded to threats by a Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan to use lethal force against Ferguson protesters by hacking the organization’s national Twitter account on Sunday.
In a conversation with St. Louis news station KSDK 5 on Friday evening, Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson told the station that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be immediately reinstated to the active duty if he is not indicted by the St. Louis County grand jury in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon held a press conference near St. Louis Tuesday afternoon to discuss contingency plans surrounding Ferguson in the wake of the upcoming grand jury decision regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Late Tuesday evening, CNN reported that Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson is expected to step down from his position as part of a larger effort to reform the city’s embattled police department. Jackson may announce his resignation as early as next week.
Former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party Todd Kincannon sent out a tweet Wednesday evening saying Michael Brown’s parents shouldn’t be upset because they are pro-choice Democrats and “they got a taxpayer-funded abortion.”
Dozens of people were arrested and police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse a rioting crowd after a riot broke out in the aftermath of the Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire.
Ferguson October, a weekend long series of events held in the St. Louis area to protest against police violence and racial disparity, officially wrapped up Monday with a number of seemingly spontaneous protests across a number of locations in the metropolitan area.
PoliticusUSA’s Justin Baragona was on the scene Monday during a protest at the Ferguson police station that led to the arrest of at least a dozen protesters, including Dr. Cornel West.
As the gathering wore on, younger activists, who have been on the ground in Ferguson since an unarmed Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson over two months ago, started growing restless.
Activists and protesters from all over the world gathered Saturday morning in downtown St. Louis to participate in a march, part of Ferguson October, and show that they stand united against police brutality and racial disparity.
Protesters and members of the media were hit with pepper spray and rushed by police officers armed with batons and riot shields Thursday night in south St. Louis.
Demonstrators were escorted by police out of an open St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday night after a woman verbally expressed support for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9th.
Protesters made a powerful statement Saturday night when they showed up at the St. Louis Symphony and sang what is being described as a ‘Requiem for Mike Brown’ at the end of an intermission.
What began as a day filled with severe rain storms and an opportunity for a number of Ferguson protesters to take a break from demonstrating ended with the Ferguson police department once again abusing the 1st Amendment in an effort to intimidate activists and protesters.
USA Today reported on Thursday that the town of Ferguson has seen a huge surge in voter registration since the August 9th death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
PoliticusUSA’s Justin Baragona was able to speak with an activist in Ferguson this weekend. The activist, Kayla Reed, lives in the Ferguson area and has participated in the protests that have occurred since the death of Michael Brown on August 9th.
A tense standoff between protesters and local law enforcement occurred late Thursday evening in Ferguson after the town’s police chief Tom Jackson showed up at the scene and spoke to the crowd.
Protests resumed in Ferguson Tuesday night that led to the arrests of seven people. One local store was damaged when a rock was thrown through a window. However, there was no looting of the store, despite local media outlets using that word in their headlines.
A memorial dedicated to slain teenager Michael Brown was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning. The memorial, made mostly of teddy bears and homemade signs, had been kept on the side of the street feet from where Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th.
On Wednesday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 aired video footage from a cellphone taken shortly after Micheal Brown was shot dead by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The footage shows two contractors, roughly 50 feet away from the scene, reacting in the immediate aftermath of Brown’s shooting.
PoliticusUSA’s Justin Baragona was on the scene in Ferguson Wednesday afternoon and witnessed a protest where the goal was to shut down an interstate highway for a short period of time during rush hour traffic.
A month after an unarmed black teenager was viciously shot and killed by a white police officer, the city of Ferguson held its first city council meeting since the incident. On Tuesday night, at a local church, over 600 people attended the meeting to voice their frustration and anger.
Contrast law enforcement’s overwhelmingly violent military response to peaceful, and unarmed, African Americans protesting the cold-blooded murder of an unarmed African American teenager at the hands of a white Ferguson police officer and one can hardly claim law enforcement does not apply a different standard to armed whites as opposed to unarmed African Americans.
On Saturday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a story regarding two workers who were at the scene when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Sunday that Ferguson police officers began wearing body cameras this past Saturday. The department received a donation of 50 cameras from Safety Visions and Digital Ally.
After a thorough examination of America’s pathetic record of disparate treatment of minorities, a United Nations watchdog reported what people of color, particularly African Americans, have known first hand and all too well for decades. “Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care, and housing.”
Late Monday evening, CNN’s Don Lemon, still on the scene in Ferguson, provided breaking news regarding an alleged audio recording taken at the time 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.