The Latest From Ferguson
- Governor Nixon Says No Curfew Tonight
- White House Didn't Know National Guard Was Being Deployed
- National Guard Heads to Ferguson
- Brown Shot Six Times, Preliminary Autopsy Shows
- Attorney General Orders Federal Autopsy on Brown
- Justice Department Criticizes Release Of Robbery Video
- A Timeline Of The Crisis In Ferguson
St. Louis County medical examiner will not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.
The St. Louis County medical examiner's officer told BuzzFeed Monday that their autopsy showed Michael Brown died from gunshots wounds, but "we're not confirming the number, direction, or toxicology."
The Washington Post is reporting that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died according to a person "who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation."
The St. Louis County medical examiner said they were aware of the article, but would not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.
In a statement, Gov. Jay Nixon said there will not be a curfew Monday night and the National Guard's mission will be "limited."
Last night, Ferguson, Missouri experienced a very difficult and dangerous night as a result of a violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community. As long as there are vandals and looters and threats to the people and property of Ferguson, we must take action to protect our citizens.
Following coordinated attacks last night both on civilians and law enforcement officers, I signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson. The Guard's immediate and limited responsibilities under the direction of Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are to provide protection, and ensure the safety of our Unified Command Center, which was the target last night of a coordinated attack. The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission.
Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason will oversee Guard operations in Ferguson under the overall command of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
With these additional resources in place, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will continue to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness and violence, and protect the civil rights of all peaceful citizens to make their voices heard. We will not use a curfew tonight.
Again, I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning the violent acts we saw last night, including the firing upon law enforcement officers, the shooting of a civilian, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, looting and a coordinated attempt to overrun the unified Command Center.
We are all frustrated and looking for justice to be achieved regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown. As the dual investigations continue into what happened nine days ago at Canfield Green, we must defend Ferguson from these violent interlopers so that the peaceful protests can operate in peace and the search for answers and justice can continue.
Attorneys and the forensic team who performed autopsy confirm Michael Brown was shot "at least six times, maybe more," say the "kill shot" went from back to front.
Attorneys for Michael Brown's family said Monday that the "kill shot" that struck Brown in the apex of his head went from a "back to front position," which is consistent with eyewitness accounts that Brown was surrendering when he was shot by officer Darren Wilson.
The experts who conducted the autopsy on behalf of the Brown family, Dr. Michael Baden and professor Shawn Parcells, forensic pathologist assistant, confirmed that Brown was shot at least six times.
Federal investigators are expected to conduct their autopsy today or tomorrow, Baden said.
"All of the gunshot wounds were survivable except the one at the top of the head that went through the brain," Baden said.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called the National Guard to Ferguson late Sunday without letting the White House know first, Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.
"Folks didn't know," an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. "The White House did not know they were sending it in."
Family of Michael Brown will hold a press conference Monday to discuss the results of a private autopsy.
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Ferguson schools postpone first day of school citing safety concerns for students.
Monday was supposed to the first day of school for students in the Ferguson-Florissant school district. However, early Monday morning, school officials announced that the district would postpone the start of school year because of concerns for its students safety.
Officials posted a statement on Facebook:
Due to continuing unrest in some areas of Ferguson, and in the interest of the safety of students and families, all schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will be closed Monday, August 18.
Information we received from officials on the scene late Sunday evening has contributed to concerns we have about children walking to school or waiting for buses on streets impacted by this activity, debris on the roads that could impact transportation, and continued disruption affecting our students and families in the area.
While our teachers, principals and administration are eager to welcome our students back to school and to begin the 2014-2015 school year, the safety of students is our primary concern.
NAACP asks violent individuals to stop disrupting the Ferguson protests, calls for police racial profiling training.
Esther Haywood, president St. Louis County NAACP, said Monday in a statement:
We want the individuals that may appear to have a private agenda to cause disruption and chaos within the community to stop. We do not want peaceful protestors to appear that they are causing violence and rioting when incidents are being caused by a small group of individuals that are using this tragedy as an opportunity. Although the National Guard being present will cause many inconveniences for the community, we support Governor Nixon's effort to maintain safety, law and order.
The NAACP is also calling for a formal apology from city of Ferguson to the family of Michael Brown, a state investigation of every Municipal Police Department in St. Louis County that has had a history of police brutality, and for all St. Louis County Police to undergo racial profiling training in the wake of the shooting.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing National Guard resources to Ferguson to "help restore peace and order."
During a police briefing at 2:15 a.m. ET, Capt. Johnson said multiple Molotov cocktails were thrown and gunshots were fired at police. He emphasized that the violence began more than three hours before the curfew took effect.
He also said two or three civilians were injured by gunshots in non-officer-related shootings. No police officers were injured.
Johnson said several people were arrested for failing to disperse, but would not give an exact number on how many people were arrested.
Tensions were high in Ferguson after reports of gunshots around 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday night. Police initially said several people were injured, but other reports said the sound came from fireworks.
At least five people were taken to hospitals with injuries, one police officer said.
Michael Brown was shot at least six times, the New York Times reported Sunday night.
The findings come from a preliminary private autopsy performed at his family's request, the Times reported. Brown was struck twice in the head and four times in the arm, according to the report, and all the bullets appeared to hit the front of his body.
Officers in riot gear met the growing crowd with tear gas and an advancing line of armored vehicles by 9:30 p.m. ET.
The heavy police response hours before curfew caught many by surprise.
The tear gas hit protesters, journalists, and at least one child.
According to police, the response came after protesters threw Molotov cocktails.
Protests continued Sunday night in Ferguson, and by 9 p.m. ET, police told crowds to disperse.
A curfew of midnight was in effect for the second night in a row, but measures to break up protesters were reported by 9 p.m.
On Sunday, protesters in Ferguson gathered at a church service rally in remembrance of Michael Brown.
Capt. Johnson spoke around 4:15 p.m. ET, and received a standing ovation after he apologized to the family of Michael Brown — something he wanted to do "while wearing this uniform."
Rev. Al Sharpton also spoke. "This is a defining moment in our country," he said. "Ferguson and Michael Brown Jr. will be a defining moment in how this country deals with policing and the rights of the citizens in America."
The reverend called on people to stop looting. "We are not looters ... We are not burners; we're builders."
He also announced a class action lawsuit for protesters who were injured by police during demonstrations.
Amnesty International has called for an investigation into police tactics used during protests in Ferguson.
In a press release on Sunday, Amnesty International said that it sent a 13-person human rights delegation to Ferguson, comprised of "observers who monitored police and protester activity and sought meetings with officials." Additional members of the team trained activists in nonviolent protest methods.
"Our delegation traveled to Missouri to let the authorities in Ferguson know that the world is watching," said Steven W. Hawkins, the executive director of Amnesty International USA.
"We want a thorough investigation into Michael Brown's death and the series of events that followed ... This is a moment for people around the country — and around the world — to join the Ferguson community in raising concerns about race and policing, and about the impact of militarization on our fundamental right to peacefully assemble."
The midnight Ferguson curfew will continue for an additional day, Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum told St. Louis Today.
Nothum confirmed that seven people, including two residents of Ferguson, were arrested on Sunday morning after failing to abide by the 12 a.m.–5 a.m. curfew.
Highway Patrol officials will provide additional details at a briefing on Sunday afternoon.
Attorney General Eric Holder orders federal medical examiner to conduct additional autopsy on Brown.
Statement from Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon:
Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for an additional autopsy to be performed by a federal medical examiner. This independent examination will take place as soon as possible. Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon praised the decision: "That is the kind of independent, external national review and investigation of this that I think will assist everyone in making sure we get to justice," Nixon said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Gov. Jay Nixon said he "deeply" disagreed with decision to release of surveillance video.
Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the Ferguson Police Department's decision to release the video that appears to show Michael Brown taking cigars from a convenience store "put the community, and quite frankly, the nation on alert again."
Nixon, during his appearances on four Sunday morning talk shows, also called upon St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch to "step up here and do his job."
Lewis on Meet the Press on Sunday.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said there were seven arrests for failure to disperse.
Johnson also confirmed tear gas was used on Saturday.
NBC News reports:
Johnson defended the move, saying authorities feared for officers' safety and that a police car was shot at. "Tonight's response was a proper one," he said, adding that he was "disappointed" that violence broke out on the city's streets.
Sky News reported that the man who was shot was hit by another protester.
The police spokesman has now confirmed tear gas has been used.
Photos from the scene show police watching as the gas filled the street, while protesters fled.
Pearl Gabel of the New York Daily News says she was arrested briefly.
Time magazine's Alex Altman and Ben Kesling from the Wall Street Journal have posted pictures which appear to show that the agent used by police was not smoke but CS gas.
The protesters have dispersed due to contents of the cannisters.
About 20 minutes after the curfew went into effect Sunday morning in Ferguson, with rain pouring down, a large group of protesters remained on the scene.
While many protesters left, a group of people was still visible in a live video stream. At times, they could be heard chanting "hands up, don't shoot."
As the 12 a.m. CT curfew went into effect, media were corralled into a small zone at one end of the area protesters had been using.
At the same time, others at the scene tweeted that the crowds were thinning out.
Protests leading up to the curfew Saturday remained peaceful, even as the police presence increased.
BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reported Saturday that the Ferguson Police Department released a video of a robbery in which Michael Brown participated over the objections of the Justice Department.
In addition to a protest in the evening (scroll down for more on that), the FBI was out Saturday in Ferguson. Mourners grieving Michael Brown's death also held a vigil.
Early Saturday evening protesters were out marching in the streets. Antonio French also tweeted that community members would be out enforcing the curfew.
On Saturday, Yahoo News reported that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, had recently won an award for police excellence.
Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday and set a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. ET.
During a rowdy press conference on Saturday, Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri and set a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.
"We won't enforce it with trucks, we won't enforce it with tear gas, we will enforce it with communication," according to Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. He said law enforcement officials will be telling people "It's time to go home."
Nixon and Johnson did not say how long the curfew would remain in place.
The press conference erupted into an angry questioning of Nixon and Johnson, with many questioning the imposition of a curfew and demanding to know why Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown had yet to be arrested or indicted. Nixon and Johnson appeared shaken as they attempted to field the questions.
"We can't have looting and crimes at night," Nixon said. "We can't have people fearful."
FBI agents are on the ground working on the investigation, said Nixon.
On Saturday, CNN reported that the Ferguson police department released the video showing Michael Brown allegedly robbing a store despite objections from the Department of Justice.
On Thursday, Ferguson police wanted to release the video, but waited after the U.S. Justice Department asked them not to, suggesting that it could lead to greater tensions in the Ferguson community, a source told CNN.
A map of stores that were looted early Saturday morning in Ferguson. Click on the red icons to see links to journalists' tweets and videos of the looting.
Also, drag the map to see icons that may fall outside of the frame.
Protesters in Ferguson stepped in and managed to stop looters, who hit between four and five stores Friday night.
The looting began about midnight, after police fired tear gas then faced off with about 200 protesters, the Associated Press reported. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson — who took over security in the area on Thursday — told the AP police fired the gas after members of the crowd threw rocks and other things at officers. The conflict left one police officer injured.
However, despite firing the gas and ordering people to clear the street, police did not move into the crowd, nor did they make any arrests. Instead, protesters themselves eventually stepped in and formed lines in front of the stores, barring looters from entering.
As the chaos subsided early Saturday morning, images captured by witnesses showed the destruction.
As the situation deteriorated Friday night, Tim Pool — a videographer for Vice — reported that people began looting a liquor store and an electronics store.
Others at the scene tweeted about looters striking additional stores.
In a live video stream, Pool said some protesters tried to stop the looters, but couldn't stop "dozens" of people. Others at the scene tweeted pictures of the damage looters caused.
The relative calm that began Thursday was shattered briefly Friday night when police donned riot gear and fired tear gas. Some reports from social media indicated police were responding to someone who threw a bottle.
Police briefly left the scene after firing the gas.
But soon returned with riot gear and armored trucks.
FBI, Justice Officials Announce Next Steps In Federal Civil Rights Investigation In Ferguson, Missouri:
Brown's cousin calls release of video "smoke and mirrors."
Lawyers for the family said the Ferguson police "strategically" released the surveillance video and police report on the alleged convenience store robbery to "assassinate the character" of Michael Brown.
It has not been confirmed that Brown is in the security camera footage shot approximately 15 minutes before Brown died. Parks said that the person in the video alleged to be Brown "appears to look like him."
Brown's cousin Eric Davis called the release of the video and police report smoke and mirrors to distract people.
Davis and the attorneys urged people to remain peaceful, despite their frustrations with the way the police are handling this case.
"Do not take the bait," family attorney Anthony Gray said. "Do not react negatively."
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer who shot Michael Brown did not know he was a robbery suspect at the time of the confrontation.
Brown was stopped by Wilson because he was "walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic. That's it," Jackson said.
Ferguson said he "had to" release the dispatch records and video surveillance even though the confrontation with Wilson, who fatally shot the unarmed teenager last week, had nothing to do with the alleged robbery.
Jackson said the media asked for the video.
Surveillance video released by police purports to show a robbery at a convenience store linked to the Michael Brown shooting.
Ferguson police say that this video shows Michael Brown stealing cigars from a convenience store and pushing the clerk when he tried to stop him. There are questions about whether it is Brown shown in the footage, and why police released the police report and video on this robbery and no new details about the interaction between Brown and the officer who shot him last week.
Attorneys for Michael Brown's family says they are "beyond outraged" at the manner in which the Ferguson police released information Friday.
"Michael Brown's family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piecemeal information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.
There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.
The prolonged release of the officer's name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.
It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.
The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael's death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager."