Ferguson, Missouri

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2 Men in Ferguson Accused of Planning Pipe Bombs

They were caught in FBI sting ahead of grand jury decision

(Newser) - Reports of two arrests in Ferguson don't bode well for calm once a grand jury decision is announced in the Michael Brown shooting. Reuters quotes a law enforcement source as saying that two men who belong to the New Black Panther Party were caught trying to buy material for... More »

Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown May Resign

Darren Wilson in talks as grand jury decision nears

(Newser) - With a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case believed to be imminent—and the National Guard activated —the officer who shot the unarmed teenager is in talks over quitting the Ferguson, Mo., police force, sources say. Darren Wilson maintains that he didn't do anything wrong,... More »

Grand Juries Are a Farce— but Not in Ferguson

Prosecutor's move points way to fairer process: David Feige

(Newser) - Grand juries were invented to protect citizens from rushed and unfair prosecution, but today, they do quite the opposite, writes David Feige at Slate . Prosecutors normally play a "controlling role" in the grand jury process, taking charge of who's allowed in meetings and presenting jurors with "as... More »

Ferguson Officer Accused of Raping Pregnant Inmate

Jaris Hayden allegedly forced himself on woman before allowing escape

(Newser) - More trouble for authorities in Ferguson, Mo.: As the city braces for the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown police shooting case, a correctional officer has been accused of serious misconduct. Jaris Hayden, 29, allegedly raped a pregnant inmate in his custody before allowing her to escape from the... More »

National Guard Is Returning to Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon takes action before Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Nixon says the National... More »

Video, Radio Calls Offer Clearer Picture of Ferguson Events

Officer Darren Wilson appears in footage following encounter

(Newser) - More details in the shooting of Michael Brown are emerging after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released video footage and radio calls from the hours surrounding the event. The calls offer a glimpse of Darren Wilson's messages in the moments before the shooting, while video reveals Wilson heading to the... More »

Teacher Fired Over Ferguson Tweets

Texas woman apologizes over racially charged messages

(Newser) - A veteran teacher in Texas is out of a job after unleashing some volatile tweets about the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., reports USA Today . The school board in Duncanville yesterday fired Vinita Hegwood, an African-American teacher of English, for messages like this one a week ago: "Who... More »

Missouri Governor Warns Ferguson: No Riots

State, city prepare ahead of grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown . A grand jury is expected to decide later... More »

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Was to Keep Media Out

Recordings reveal police motives for FAA request

(Newser) - As protests erupted in Ferguson, Mo., this summer, police sought a no-fly zone over the area for "safety"—but later admitted it was to keep the media out. Federal Aviation Administration officials agreed to impose flight restrictions on more than 37 square miles of airspace, but they tried... More »

Report: No Civil Rights Charges for Ferguson Cop

Washington Post says investigators don't think they have a case

(Newser) - Don't expect the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown to face civil rights charges. The Washington Post interviews Justice Department investigators and reports they have "all but concluded" that they have no case against Darren Wilson. The inquiry isn't done yet, and the story includes quotes... More »

New Autopsy: Michael Brown Shot in Hand at Close Range

Supports 'significant altercation' in car; Toxicology finds pot in his system

(Newser) - Two different autopsies, two different conclusions: The official St. Louis County autopsy of Michael Brown , killed by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, indicates the Ferguson teen was shot at close range in the hand—contrasting with results of a private autopsy released Aug. 18 that said Brown had no... More »

Ferguson Cop: I Was Pinned in Car, Feared for Life

Darren Wilson tells investigators he feared for his life, NY Times reports

(Newser) - The Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown to death told investigators that he feared for his life and struggled with Brown over control of his gun inside the patrol car, reports the New York Times . The newspaper quotes US officials familiar with the ongoing civil rights investigation into the... More »

St. Louis Cops: Dead Teen Had Gunshot Residue

Say tests prove Vonderrit Myers fired in fatal exchange with off-duty cop

(Newser) - Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband, and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer last week , authorities said yesterday. Police union leaders said the lab test by the Missouri State Highway Patrol dispels claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer on... More »

St. Louis Cops, Protesters Face Off for 2nd Night

City a 'racial powder keg' after latest police shooting

(Newser) - Protesters angered by the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by police faced off with officers in south St. Louis for a second night last night as accusations of racial profiling prompted calls for a federal investigation ahead of a weekend of planned rallies and civil disobedience. State and city... More »

Cop Shot as Ferguson Simmers

Unnamed officer expected to survive; incident unrelated to 2 protests overnight

(Newser) - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm last night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early today that the officer... More »

Ferguson Police Chief Marches With Protesters, Clashes Ensue

Scuffles break out between police, crowd calling for Tom Jackson's resignation

(Newser) - Just hours after Tom Jackson issued a video apology to Michael Brown's parents and the peaceful demonstrators of Ferguson , the police chief tried one more tactic to reach out to the crowd protesting outside police headquarters last night: march with them. Jackson stepped outside to meet with people on... More »

Ferguson Police Chief: 'I'm Truly Sorry'

Thomas Jackson also says violent acts won't be tolerated

(Newser) - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made many apologies today, including one to the family of slain teen Michael Brown , saying, "I'm truly sorry for the loss of your son. I'm also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street," reports CNN... More »

Michael Brown Memorial Burns, Stirs New Unrest in Ferguson

Vandalism, arrests, possible arson mar uneasy quiet in Mo. town

(Newser) - Tensions in Ferguson may have been muted for the past few weeks, but they haven't dissipated. One of two memorials for Michael Brown near the spot where he was killed went up in flames yesterday—and some residents think the fire was intentionally set, especially given reports of a... More »

117 Colleges Now Have Military Equipment: Report

Including grenade launchers, armored vehicles

(Newser) - It's not just municipal police forces that have obtained military-style weaponry through a federal program: Modified grenade launchers and M-16 rifles are on college campuses, too, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The publication finds that 117 colleges have received equipment thanks to a federal system called the 1033... More »

White Witness: Michael Brown Had His Hands Up

Construction worker says Brown moved toward cop

(Newser) - A witness described by some media outlets as white has given his account of the Michael Brown shooting. One of two construction workers who gave accounts to the FBI, he says that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson chased Brown, shot at him from behind, and when Brown turned around... More »

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