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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 »

Mo. Police Chief: Dead Teen Drew Gun First

Surveillance footage released by police

(Newser) - "Bad choices were made," said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar in a morning press conference following last night's police shooting of a teen in Berkeley, Mo., a town bordering Ferguson. "This individual could have complied, he could have ran away, he could have dropped... 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 »

'Sweet Home Alabama' Gets Cop in Trouble at Chicago Protest

Officer played song at demonstration against police tactics

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department says it will discipline an officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" over a police-cruiser loudspeaker during a march protesting police treatment of African Americans. The song is considered an anthem to Southern pride. Some interpreted his playing of the song during last week's march... More »

Feds' Autopsy of Michael Brown: 'Severe Injuries of Skull'

3rd set of results released yesterday with other grand jury documents

(Newser) - More documents previously held back , including a Justice Department-mandated autopsy, trickled out yesterday from the grand jury that declined to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the AP reports. The autopsy conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System had similar findings to both the private... 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 »

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 »

Feds: Man Made Facebook Threats to Kill Darren Wilson

Washington man charged with making interstate threats

(Newser) - A Washington state man was arrested by a SWAT team at his home early yesterday for comments he allegedly made on Facebook about Ferguson, Mo. Federal authorities say that over several months, Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar made repeated threats to kill Darren Wilson , members of his family, and "anything that... 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 »

Lawmakers Go 'Hands Up' on House Floor

Time for Congress to address the problem: Hakeem Jeffries

(Newser) - On the floor of the House of Representatives last night, lawmakers raised their arms in a gesture of support for Ferguson protesters, Politico reports. "Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence … in community,... More »

Mystery in Ferguson: Who Killed Deandre?

20-year-old was the only person to die after the Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - The morning after the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case, the body of a young black male was discovered in a burned white Pontiac. The car was parked in the lot of an apartment complex not far from the spot where Brown was killed. The dead man... More »

Rams Exec Insists There Was No 'Hands Up' Apology

Kevin Demoff says he said no such thing to Police Chief Jon Belmar

(Newser) - It's a he said, he said kind of story: Last night, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar let his staff know, via email, that a St. Louis Rams exec had called him to personally apologize for the five players who took to the field with their hands up... More »

Obama Wants $75M for 50K Police Body Cameras

Military gear programs 'very useful,' White House says

(Newser) - The White House says it wants to rebuild trust between police and communities after Ferguson, and President Obama unveiled what critics say are some pretty modest moves toward that goal yesterday. After a series of meetings with mayors, activists, and law enforcement officials, Obama announced plans that included a proposed... More »

Chris Rock: Racial Progress Is Really 'Nicer White People'

Comedian talks Ferguson, Cosby, Obama

(Newser) - Chris Rock , whose new comedy Top Five comes out on Friday, spoke recently with Frank Rich for New York magazine, offering his blunt take on a range of topics. Highlights:
  • On Ferguson: If he were a journalist in Ferguson, Rock says that he'd only interview white people through
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White House Holds 3 Meetings on Ferguson Today

Will address law enforcement equipment, civil rights

(Newser) - As unrest over the shooting of Michael Brown continues, President Obama is scheduled to address the situation in Ferguson in three meetings today, Politico reports. All the meetings will also include Joe Biden, as per the White House schedule . First up is a Cabinet discussion of "federal programs and... More »

St. Louis Cops Fume Over Rams' Ferguson Protest

Some players walked onto field with their hands up

(Newser) - At yesterday's game, five players for the St. Louis Rams took to the field with their hands up, showing solidarity with protesters against the shooting of Michael Brown . "We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protests and the people who have been doing a... More »

NAACP Marching from Ferguson to Governor's Mansion

Plus: mayor announces efforts to broaden police demographics

(Newser) - The Journey for Justice has begun: The NAACP has launched a march from Ferguson, Mo., to the state capital of Jefferson City, KSDK reports. "This is a peaceful march and we're seeking systemic, fundamental reform of policing in this country," says the organization's president and CEO,... More »

Michael Brown's Family Might Sue Wilson: Lawyer

Benjamin Crump says they'll look at 'every legal avenue'

(Newser) - Darren Wilson may have resigned yesterday, but the family of Michael Brown is going to "look at every legal avenue," their lawyer tells CBS today. "The family greatly wanted to have the killer of their unarmed son held accountable," says Benjamin Crump, adding that that... More »

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