FERGUSON, Mo. — Dorian Johnson had just moved from his mother’s house in St. Louis to a two-bedroom spot in the Canfield Green Apartments that he was sharing with his then-pregnant girlfriend and another roommate.
Sometime in March, a buddy stopped by with a stranger.
“Wow,” Johnson said, “that’s a big dude.”
The dude, Michael Brown, was 6-foot-4, and he had brushed past Johnson with barely a hello as he headed to the video-game console and began to play.
Mentioned on Boom Bust on RT; I just captured it...
My oldest daughter came in last night at 12:30 after just being harassed by a local cop(probably a horny one) who profiled her and her girlfriend, and then proceeded to stop her because the two top bulbs over her rear license plate were out! He said he couldn't read her plate...B.S.!!! If the squad has working headlights, he can read her plates!
(CNN) -- I am a 54-year-old black woman -- a mother, lawyer and law professor. I teach at the Washington University in St. Louis Law School and live 12 miles away from Ferguson, Missouri.
The median household income in my suburb is $85,000 per year. In Ferguson, it is $36,000. In my suburb, 3.5% of the people are black. In Ferguson, almost 70% are black. These are stark contrasts. Yet I share things in common with black people in Ferguson and, indeed, throughout the United States.
The events in Ferguson have shown us daily that the looting and violence by a few is not being stopped, while the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition government for redress of grievances is not being respected. The current riot control tactics of the local police, rooted in outmoded techniques developed in the 1950’s – and only made worse by the ongoing militarization of our police – are failing the people of Ferguson, giving them a false choice between rampant looting on the one hand, and hyper-militarized police and curfews on the other (which also fail to stop the looting, leaving the mistaken impression among many of the American people that even more militarization and curtailment of free speech and assembly is needed). Our local boots on the ground, made up of retired police officers, military veterans, and intelligence workers (with critical input from current serving Missouri police officers) have answers that could provide the people of Ferguson the relief they need and deserve while respecting their rights. It is time to change a losing game.
Ferguson (United States) (AFP) - Retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis cut an arresting figure in his crisp uniform, dark blue cap -- and a sign demanding "the truth" about the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black youth.
Lewis turned heads and got people talking Thursday in his first appearance at the nightly protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that followed the August 9 death there at the hands of a white policeman of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
A police officer just 15 miles away from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo. allegedly said he thinks the protesters should have been “put down like rabid dogs.”
Officer Matthew Pappert is a police officer with the Glendale Police Department. He has been an officer since 2008. Pappert received the 2009 City of Glendale Community Service Award and the 2013 Kirkwood American Legion Post and Kirkwood Optimist Club Public Safety Award.
He also apparently holds contempt against the protesters in Ferguson, according to screenshots obtained by The Daily Caller.
FERGUSON, Mo. — Two African-American lawmakers from Missouri met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday afternoon at the Pentagon to urge him to curtail the transfer of military hardware to local police forces.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D), one of the two lawmakers, said the scene in Ferguson over the past two weeks reminded him of combat footage from Iraq.
“It looked like Fallujah. It looked like the Iraqi war,” he said in an interview. “Rand Paul was right. He talked about how we cannot militarize our cities. That what it looked like.
A St. Louis-area police officer who's been working in Ferguson falsely accused a group of protestors of shooting at police, said Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson holds a racial “double standard,” and asserted that he would like to punch attorney general Eric Holder, the St. Louis Riverfront Times reports via a survey of the officer's Twitter posts.
"the New Constitution Is Ready To Go! They Only Need The Right Incident And They're Working On That"Submitted by sharpsteve on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:59
The chief medical examiner of St. Louis County, who performed the first autopsy on Michael Brown after he was shot on Aug. 9, says that she is concerned by one of the men hired by the Brown family to conduct its own exam.
“I can tell you absolutely that I find what Parcells does to be abysmal,” Dr. Mary Case told The Daily Caller when asked about Shawn Parcells, a Kansas-based forensic pathologist assistant. He has been accused in the past of fabricating his job title and of conducting autopsies without a license.
The St. Louis County Police Department released video last night that shows two of its officers opening fire and killing a knife-wielding man who had just held up a nearby liquor store.
Here's the video. Warning: it is quite disturbing, although there are no close-ups of the dying man.
When I posted the video on Twitter yesterday, rather predictably, the reaction broke into two camps.
Analysis of less-lethal weapons deployed against residents of Ferguson, Missouri reveals that police are using decades-old tear gas and riot control agents that may pose health risks to the community.
#OfficerGoFuckYourself Threatens to Kill Ferguson Livestreamers
SSG Joe Biggs @Rambobiggs
I witnessed a cop stick his M4 in a journos face and say "I'll fucking kill you" a female officer had to pull him out of the young man's fce
12:44 AM - 20 Aug 2014
Mikael Thalen @MikaelThalen
@PrisonPlanet Had 3 riot cops freakin out, point shotguns @ me when i got isolated bhind building after shtf. Audio/video bad though
2:01 AM - 20 Aug 2014
Ryan J. Reilly ✔ @ryanjreilly
"Get that camera out of my fucking face." -- officer who pointed gun at protestors #Ferguson
Found this while looking for *live* feeds from tonight:
"KWMU has published a video of what appears to be one of the shootings that happened yesterday. This happened in Riverview, about 15 minutes outside of the center of the protests. We believe that it is important to be transparent in what information we gather and allow for you to make the decision yourself on what you want to see or not see.
The video is graphic, and contains images of someone being shot and killed. Viewer discretion advised, you have been warned."