Hint: It can be a convoluted and expensive process in a city where, according to the Department of Justice, officials have consistently set maximizing revenue as the priority for law enforcement.
Ferguson police “have exclusively set their dogs against black individuals, often in cases where doing so was not justified by the danger presented,” according to a Department of Justice report investigation released Wednesday.
The nearly completed review reportedly accuses the Missouri city’s police department of racial bias in traffic stops, officials told the New York Times.
Natalie Dubose spent her life savings opening a small bakery in Ferguson this June, and saw it trashed during protests this week. People have donated more than $170,000 in two days to help her rebuild.
Protests continued in Ferguson and St. Louis after a grand jury decided Monday not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown. Joel Anderson and Jim Dalrymple II are reporting from Ferguson for BuzzFeed News.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained the official coroner’s report on the death of the teen, who was shot in August in a confrontation with police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson. The toxicology report also said that Brown had marijuana in his system at the time of the shooting.
“I don’t think that there’s any question this investigation is necessary.”
“Defendants took up arms and, in militaristic displays of force and weaponry, engaged U.S. Citizens as if they were war combatants,” the suit claims.
A new report from Fusion reveals that police departments around the country have lost track of military hardware they’ve received from the federal government since 1990.
The moment is now when it comes to police demilitarization, say advocates — but it won’t stay that way for long.
While the progressive movement rallies around Michael Brown, some service unions and police unions are dividing.
The exchanges of predominately white commenters reveal frustration, and a deep cultural divide.
People are using the anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper to describe their experiences in Missouri.
Jeff Triplett, the part-time mayor of the town where Trayvon Martin was shot, says the Justice Department saved the day in Sanford.
“The public needs to know what measures the government will be taking to prevent excessive or unnecessary force from being used in the future – not only in Ferguson, but in every town and city in the United States.”
There’s a startling degree of racial division in St. Louis County.
“Right on Crime” arrives. “What are all those things that look like tanks doing?”
According to the Pew Research Center, 80% of blacks say the shooting in Ferguson raises important issues of race. Forty-seven percent of whites say race is getting more attention than it deserves.
From the death of Michael Brown to the police handling of the protests and beyond, the legal fallout is just starting, experts say.
“We … call on the governor to rescind his order declaring a state of emergency,” the ACLU, NAACP, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights write.
“It was very difficult to see anything once the curfew went into effect last night,” an Amnesty staffer says.
Six months ago, Darren Wilson won an award for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty.” Last week, he shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting has ignited protests in the city and around the country.
Conservatives pushing to limit the growth of federal police forces see an bipartisan opening after Ferguson.
Rep. Hank Johnson pivots off Ferguson to introduce the “Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.”
On Twitter, Missouri’s Democratic governor, Jay Nixon, calls for calm in Ferguson.
“Return to your homes. You will be subject to arrest,” an officer said into a megaphone. “We at home!” a protester shouted back. A number of protesters and journalists reported they had been told by police to turn off their cameras.
“We want justice not chaos!!”
“No matter how u felt about black people look at this mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them.”
But a higher percentage of white residents have contraband, according to a racial profiling report from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
Witnesses said the black Ferguson, Mo., teen was unarmed and had his hands up. The NAACP slammed the shooting, saying the 18-year-old was “slaughtered by law enforcement.”