The Latest From Ferguson
- ACLU obtains incident reports from Brown shooting
- Governor orders National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson
- Prosecutor says he is "not walking away" from the Brown case
- Attorney General Holder: I "stand with the people of Ferguson"
- Officer who threatened to kill demonstrators is suspended
- Prosecutor says may take until October to present all evidence to grand jury
Saturday night in Ferguson, people peacefully gathered in the streets. The protest was smaller than previous nights.
In Washington, D.C. Saturday night, hundreds peacefully marched through Chinatown in solidarity with Ferguson.
The White House announced it is sending three officials to Michael Brown's memorial on Monday in Ferguson.
One of the three officials, Marlon Marshall, attended high school with Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden in St. Louis, CNN reported. The other officials include Heather Foster, who is part of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Broderick Johnson, who leads the White House's My Brother's Keeper Task Force.
Brown's public memorial will be held at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis and Rev. Al Sharpton will be giving a eulogy.
A police officer at a department a few miles outside Ferguson has been suspended for posting comments on Facebook about the protesters, like that they should have been "put down like a rabid dog," the Daily Caller reports.
The Glendale, Mo., department announced in a statement yesterday that they suspended Matthew Pappert, who has been an officer since 2008, after "several very concerning and inappropriate posts on his personal Facebook page."
"I'm sick of these protesters," says another one of the posts. "You are a burden on society and a blight on the community."
St. Louis County Police apologized Friday after a video surfaced showing an officer making inflammatory remarks.
Jacob Fischler reports: A long message to the Support Officer Wilson GoFundMe page was posted Friday afternoon, noting that donations will now go directly to a 501c3 charity called Shield of Hope, which the post says is designated "the authorized charity for donations on behalf of Darren Wilson." Shield of Hope appears to be linked with the local police union in St. Louis County, Lodge 15 of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Grand Jury in Brown case has three black members, nine white.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: "The grand jury that is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting death has one black man and two black women on the panel, and six white men and three white women."
The demographics roughly reflect the racial breakdown of St. Louis County's population, which is about 24 percent black and about 68 percent white, according to the report.
St. Louis County police on Thursday released information on the 204 people they had arrested since protests began.
Nine of the arrested were from Ferguson, and a majority came from St. Louis, Jennings, Florissant, and other surrounding areas. A handful of people were from cities out of state, including San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.
More than half of people arrested were suspected of refusal to disperse. About 30 were expected to be charged with burglary or possessing stolen goods. One man from Austin, Texas, was arrested three times for failing to move; a man from St. Louis suburb Creve Coeur was arrested twice.
The data does not include arrests made by the Ferguson Police Department or other agencies.
Governor Nixon orders National Guard to begin pulling out of Ferguson.
"I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important work of increasing communication within the community, restoring trust, and protecting the people and property of Ferguson," Gov. Nixon said. "As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson."
On Monday, Gov. Nixon ordered the Guard to carry out the specific mission of protecting the Unified Command Center in Ferguson, which had been the target of a coordinated, planned attack the night before. Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason is overseeing Guard operations in Ferguson under the overall command of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Since that time, the situation has greatly improved with fewer incidents of outside instigators interfering with peaceful protestors, and fewer acts of violence.
Meanwhile, the unified command, which includes officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County, St. Louis City and other jurisdictions, will continue its mission to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness while protecting the rights of all peaceful citizens.
NAACP calls for special prosecutor for Brown case.
"Justice rests in the hands of one person: St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, a man with deep personal, family, and professional ties to the local police department," Cornell William Brooks, the NAACP's president and chief executive, said in a statement.
McCulloch issued a statement of his own on Thursday, saying he is "not walking away " from the case.
"This attorney general and this Department of Justice stand with the people of Ferguson."
Speaking with reporters in Washington on Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "The people of Ferguson can have confidence in the federal agents, investigators, and prosecutors who are leading the process."
He also said, "Few things have affected me as greatly as my visit to Ferguson."
Capt. Ron Johnson held a news conference at 1:30 a.m., and said fewer "agitators" were in the crowd Wednesday night. He said in total six people were arrested — much less than last night's 47 arrests.
"This was not a conflict-free night," Johnson said, noting an officer was hit with a bottle that was thrown. He was not seriously injured.
Johnson also acknowledged the the crowd was much smaller and said he thought Attorney General Eric Holder's presence helped calm tensions.
Michael Brown's mother viewed her son's body Wednesday for the first time since he was killed, before meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder.
In New York Wednesday night, hundreds rallied in solidarity with Ferguson and at least one person was arrested.
People gathered in cities across the U.S. on Aug. 14 for a national moment of silence to honor Michael Brown, and many have continued to rally across the country along with protesters in Ferguson.
Wednesday protests in Ferguson continued into the night with at least one person arrested.
A storm also arrived in Ferguson, bringing with it lightning.
Many clergy members were out on the streets of Ferguson Wednesday night.
A crowd gathered Wednesday evening around two people showing support for Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown.
One person was arrested, potentially for failing to move quickly enough.
Overall, crowds were smaller than previous nights as a storm rolled in. The National Weather Service warned of heavy rain, lightning, and hail.
A new video from the city of Ferguson shows Officer Darren Wilson receiving a commendation several months ago.
Chris Geidner reports: While in Missouri on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke in very personal terms about his own interactions with police.
I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over…. 'Let me search your car'… Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.
Holder is also meeting with Michael Brown's parents in St. Louis.
Attorney General Eric Holder met with Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson Wednesday in Ferguson.
Holder also talked with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in Ferguson, including Charnell Hrun, 20.
ACLU calls on Missouri Highway Patrol to remove officer who threatened civilians.
Video of the incident. Warning: graphic language.
Grand jury could take months, prosecutor says.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch said it could be the middle of October before his office wraps up its presentation of evidence to the grand jury regarding Police Officer Darren Wilson's shooting of Michael Brown.
In interviews with KTRS-AM and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, McCulloch said it will take time to present forensic evidence from both the county and the federal investigations to the grand jury.
"It could be longer than that, or shorter than that," he said. "I doubt any sooner than that."
Amnesty International calls on Attorney General Eric Holder to start an investigation into police actions at the protests in Ferguson.
BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reports: With Holder arriving in Missouri to meet with federal and elected officials and community members in Ferguson, Amnesty International USA released four recommendations — one of which is specific to the situation in Ferguson. The other recommendations call for broad examination of lethal force and police shootings across the country.
Attorney General Eric Holder is in Missouri and will meet with officials in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday.
Demonstrators gather Wednesday outside St. Louis County prosecutor's office in Clayton, Mo., where a grand jury is expected to convene in the investigation of Michael Brown's death. KSDK reported that the grand jury process could last until mid-October.
During an early morning police press conference, Capt. Ron Johnson said 47 arrests had been made as of 1 a.m. local time.
Capt. Johnson also remarked that tonight was overall a calmer affair compared to the previous night, and that it could mark a "turning point." No Molotov cocktails were thrown by protestors, and police did not use tear gas.
He confirmed police moved into the crowds after missiles were thrown and that he believed agitators were using media as cover.
He said that two loaded handguns had been confiscated from a car driven by people who had threatened police.
Peaceful protests escalated suddenly after midnight Wednesday when a small group of protesters clashed with police after a bottle was hurled at officers.
Reports from the scene said police were attempting to clear a parking lot in Ferguson when a protester tossed a water bottle at officers, sparking a flurry of activity and resulting in several arrests.
A man was arrested Thursday evening after a fight reportedly broke out between two protesters in front of the Burger Bar in Ferguson. Police on the scene said it was "just two people fighting. It had nothing to do with us."
This group of protesters marched to the police station.
Peaceful protesting continued Tuesday evening throughout Ferguson.
Watch Nixon's message here:
Al Sharpton will be giving the eulogy at Michael Brown's public memorial planned for Monday, the National Action Network told CNN.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson spoke Tuesday afternoon with media about the officer-involved shooting in the city today.
St Louis police involved in the deadly shooting of a man who confronted officers with a knife while telling them "shoot me, kill me now" on Tuesday "followed force continuum" according to Chief Dotson.
Regarding the victim, Dotson said, "I believe he's 23, we'll verify that, we haven't been able to contact the family yet."
Dotson said that St. Louis police will have a "very strong presence tonight" in the part of the city where the shooting occurred.
Attorney General Eric Holder confirms in an article published by the St Louis Post-Dispatch that approximately 40 FBI agents are investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown.
"The full resources of the Department of Justice have been committed to the investigation into Michael Brown's death. This inquiry will take time to complete, but we have already taken significant steps. Approximately 40 FBI agents and some of the Civil Rights Division's most experienced prosecutors have been deployed to lead this process, with the assistance of the United States Attorney in St. Louis. Hundreds of people have already been interviewed in connection with this matter. On Monday, at my direction, a team of federal medical examiners conducted an independent autopsy."
Holder is scheduled to be in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday.
Suspect told officer, "Shoot me, kill me now," chief says.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson said a 23-year-old black man with a knife was shot and killed by a police officer in St. Louis.
According to police, the man took items from a store. When a clerk told him he needed to pay for what he had taken, the man started throwing the items, pacing the street, and talking to himself. The man was reportedly brandishing a knife, and did not respond to officers' verbal commands to drop his weapon, he said. When the man got within four feet of one officer, both cops fired their guns.
The suspect was acting erratically and came at one of two officers with a knife, saying, "Shoot me, kill me now," Dotson said.
A large crowd gathered at the scene, not far from Ferguson, according to reports, with people questioning the need to shoot the man.
Asked whether the events in Ferguson affected the speed which the chief provided information about his incident to reporters, Dotson said this is "how we do things normally here, putting out as much information as we can as soon as we can."
There are reports of an officer involved shooting in St. Louis.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson tweeted that an officer shot a man with a knife.
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, writes letter to Brown family.
"I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence," wrote Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin and the founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, in a letter published in Time. "We will no longer be ignored. We will bond, continue our fights for justice, and make them remember our children in an appropriate light. I would hate to think that our lawmakers and leaders would need to lose a child before protecting the rest of them and making the necessary changes NOW…"
Trayvon was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012.
Report: 78 arrested in Ferguson overnight.
NBC News reported that 78 people were arrested during demonstrations overnight Monday. According to the report, "[A]ll but three were arrested for refusing to disperse." That number is significantly higher than the 31 people law enforcement officials said were arrested.
St. Louis County Attorney to convene grand jury Wednesday.
A 12-member grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the St. Louis County attorney's office said. Wilson will be given the opportunity to testify.