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Michael Brown's Parents Are Suing Ferguson

Wrongful-death lawsuit may also name Darren Wilson

(Newser) - Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., are planning to file a civil lawsuit against the city. Attorneys for the family said in a statement last night that the wrongful-death lawsuit will be filed... More »

Time to Admit: 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Is a Lie

Jonathan Capehart: Michael Brown wasn't killed while surrendering

(Newser) - It's time for "hands up, don't shoot" to go away, because it was "built on a lie," writes liberal columnist Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post . Capehart was among those voicing outrage about another black man's death at the hands of police in the... More »

Bullet Lodged Below Ear of Cop Shot in Ferguson

He and other officer are out of hospital as Holder condemns 'damn punk' shooter

(Newser) - He's out of the hospital and expected to be OK, but one of the two police officers shot last night in Ferguson still has a bullet lodged behind his ear. The 32-year-old got shot below his right eye, and the bullet ended up just below his right ear, reports... More »

Ferguson Police Chief Quits

Thomas Jackson resigns after Justice Department criticism

(Newser) - And now the police chief. Ferguson chief Thomas Jackson has resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report about the city's treatment of black people. CNN , Fox , and the New York Times were among those to report the news in advance, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch makes... More »

Michael Brown's Parents Filing Civil Suit

City of Ferguson will also be named

(Newser) - A day after the Department of Justice cleared Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting death, Brown's parents announced today that they'll be filing a civil suit, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . The former Ferguson police officer and the city of Ferguson will be named in the wrongful... More »

Feds Clear Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

But DoJ report slams racial bias on Ferguson police force

(Newser) - Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson won't face federal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Department of Justice announced today, ending what the New York Times calls a "lengthy investigation" since the teen's death in August with an expected outcome . In so doing, federal... More »

2 Racist Jokes Cited in Ferguson Investigation

Justice Department will release findings about bias this week

(Newser) - The Justice Department is expected to release a report this week that will accuse Ferguson police of bias against black residents . Among the details trickling out in advance is the discovery of two racist jokes in emails written by Ferguson cops and municipal court officials, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch... More »

Police Killing in Wash. State Raises Specter of Ferguson

Death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes was 3rd police killing in less than a year

(Newser) - Police in Pasco, Wash., are facing international scrutiny in the shooting of a Latino man who had been throwing rocks at officers. Video of the incident shows Antonio Zambrano-Montes fleeing from officers before being shot dead, and the event has prompted protests and reminders of Ferguson, the New York Times... More »

Report: FBI Finishes Inquiry, Won't Charge Ferguson Cop

Justice Department working on memo saying Darren Wilson is in the clear, says NY Times

(Newser) - As the FBI investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was unfolding, both the New York Times and Washington Post reported that federal charges against officer Darren Wilson were unlikely. The investigation is now over, and it doesn't look like much has changed: The "Justice... More »

Member of Darren Wilson Grand Jury Wants to Talk

'Grand Juror Doe' sues St. Louis prosecutor

(Newser) - Those wondering what exactly happened behind the scenes of the grand jury that declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown may finally get to hear the inside scoop. A member of that jury, identified as "Grand Juror Doe" in court documents, filed a... More »

Ferguson Cop Suspended for Calling Memorial 'Trash'

He dismissed destruction of Michael Brown tribute

(Newser) - More bad public relations for the Ferguson police department, this time from its PR officer: The force's chief spokesman has been suspended indefinitely without pay after calling a memorial to slain teenager Michael Brown "trash," reports KMOV . The memorial, in the middle of the street where Brown... More »

Ferguson Prosecutor: Grand Jury Witnesses Lied

Bob McCulloch says he does not plan to pursue perjury charges

(Newser) - St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has offered some surprising revelations to radio station KTRS about the grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown case —namely that he knows some of the witnesses he put on the stand lied. "Clearly, some were not telling the truth," he... More »

Thousands Across US Protest Police Killings

25K reported at rally in Washington

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters marched across the country today—past the White House in the nation's capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York, and in the middle of Nashville's honky-tonk district—to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge... More »

Cop Pulls Gun on Oakland Protesters

CHP officer to chief: 'I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive'

(Newser) - Apparently in fear for his life, a cop pulled a gun on a group of 30 to 50 people in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night as crowds protested the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to a California Highway Patrol chief, Avery Browne, the plainclothes detective, caught on camera... More »

100+ Congressional Staffers Stage Walk-Out for Garner, Brown

Dozens participate, hold their hands up

(Newser) - In protest of the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, dozens of congressional staffers walked out of the Capitol this afternoon, NPR reports. They stood on the steps of Capitol Hill holding their hands up in the... More »

Berkeley Protesters Block Highway, Stop Train

More than 1K crowd I-80, Amtrak tracks in 3rd night

(Newser) - Protests against the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner continued for a third consecutive night in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday, with more than 1,000 people blocking traffic. Protesters thronged both sides of Interstate 80 as well as train tracks in... More »

Some Ferguson Grand-Jury Records Were Kept Secret

Certain witness interviews withheld from public as feds continue investigation

(Newser) - "As I have promised, the evidence presented to the grand jury, with some exceptions, and the testimony of the witnesses called to the grand jury will be released at the conclusion of this statement." Those were St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch's words at the Nov. 24 press... More »

Garner Protests Marred by Violence, Stolen Champagne

Business windows smashed as others call for peaceful protest

(Newser) - Protests over the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown continued last night in the Bay Area , beginning peacefully but eventually leading to looting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators climbed on police cars, kicking their sirens; others smashed the windows of a Radio Shack;... More »

Michael Brown's Stepdad: Sorry for Post-Verdict Shouts

But Louis Head says he shouldn't be blamed for what happened next

(Newser) - Michael Brown's stepfather has apologized after he was caught on tape calling on crowds to 'burn this b——- down" amid Ferguson protests. Louis Head shouted the words after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, but he tells CNN that to blame him for... More »

Cops Now Investigating Michael Brown's Stepdad

Investigation into Louis Head's actions the night of Nov. 24 under way: police chief

(Newser) - As President Obama urged peace in the moments after it was announced Darren Wilson wouldn't be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown, chaos broke out in Ferguson—and now police there are investigating whether Brown's stepfather meant to start a riot himself. Louis Head was seen... More »

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