A high school teacher who abused his students. A Georgia prison allegedly covering up the rape of a trans inmate. The chaotic aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. The brief life and baffling death of an unarmed man shot dead by police in a Wal-Mart. A disappearing wage thief. The downfall of Mississippi’s most progressive prison reformer. Here are a few of the most memorable crime stories published by BuzzFeed News in 2014.
“They were, quite simply, assassinated,” said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, of the two officers shot in their patrol car Saturday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Police said the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot his ex-girlfriend earlier in the day in Baltimore County, also killed himself.
President Obama will speak at noon Wednesday on the U.S. plan to normalize relations with Cuba.
Demonstrators kicked off a seven-day, 120-mile march from the Canfield Green apartments in Ferguson, where Michael Brown was killed, to the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri. The march was organized by the NAACP.
The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown resigned from the department effective immediately. ” It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal,” he said in the resignation letter published Saturday.
President Obama is delivering a televised speech on immigration Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard will support law enforcement in the event of “unrest that might occur following the grand jury’s decision concerning the investigation into the death of Michael Brown.” The St. Louis County prosecutor has said an announcement will be made later this month.
The GOP picks up seats, holds on to key governors’ races, and winning governors’ races in some blue states.
Four nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital talked to 60 Minutes about what it was like to treat Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. “We held his hand and talked to him and comforted him because his family couldn’t be there.”
Senior administration officials discuss the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 3,400 people.
An appeals court panel ruled 2-1 that a provision eliminating same-day voter registration and one eliminating the counting of ballots cast on election day outside of a person’s home precinct could disenfranchise black voters.
“If we don’t take care of this now, we are going to see fallout effects and secondary effects from this that will have ramifications for a long time, above and beyond the lives that will have been lost.”
In a video statement, Chief Thomas Jackson said he was “truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street.” He also apologized to peaceful protestors who demonstrated after Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.
Updating: At least 7,580 people have died from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.
President Obama will be briefed on the Ebola outbreak on Tuesday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The president is ordering 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to help with the crisis.
When she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1990, Rivers dedicated the award to her husband Edgar, who committed suicide a few years earlier. The comedian died Thursday at age 81.
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer ignited tensions in Ferguson, Mo., and around the nation. Read coverage from the first eight days of unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
The Last Week Tonight talked at length Sunday night about the unrest in Ferguson and the police response, and militarization of local law enforcement.
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer ignited tensions in Ferguson, Mo., and around the nation. Continued coverage here.
President Obama promises a limited, effective fight against the Islamic State in Iraq in comments Saturday morning. U.S. military jets launched several airstrikes Friday on isolated targets.