Ferguson, Missouri

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Crime Spiking Because Cops Don't Want to Go Viral: FBI Chief

So-called 'Ferguson effect' is making police shy away from suspects: James Comey

(Newser) - James Comey doesn't have quantitative proof, but the FBI director has a hunch as to why there's been an uptick in violent crimes in some urban areas. The "viral video effect" is something he's used in the past to explain the recent spurt of seemingly less-aggressive... More »

Government Sues Ferguson After It Tries to Revise Policing Deal

Ferguson leaders 'have chosen to step backward'

(Newser) - The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, the AP reports. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson's decision to reject the... More »

Ferguson Judge: We're Tossing Out Arrest Warrants

Judge Donald McCullin announces sweeping changes in Missouri city

(Newser) - Ferguson's new municipal judge ordered massive changes today in the city's much-criticized municipal court, a move he said is aimed at restoring confidence in the system and easing the burden on needy defendants. Changes announced by Judge Donald McCullin include withdrawing many old arrest warrants; CNN reports that... More »

New Fatal Police Shooting Raises Tensions in St. Louis

It came as protesters gathered to mark the anniversary of a different one

(Newser) - St. Louis police shot to death a black man today who allegedly pointed a gun at officers, raising tensions on a day when protesters were already gathering to mark the anniversary of another fatal police shooting, reports the Post-Dispatch . In today's shooting, police say they were serving a search... More »

Presence of Armed Militia in Ferguson 'Inflammatory'

Top police official questions the legality of Oath Keepers

(Newser) - The return of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, drew criticism today from both protesters and the county police chief overseeing security amid demonstrations marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting death. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the presence of the Oath... More »

Frozen Water Bottles, Rocks Thrown in Ferguson

Arrests made, but no injuries or looting reported on another night of demonstrations

(Newser) - Sunday marked the anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, and while tensions are still running high , another night of protests last night saw no reported injuries, gunshots, looting, or property damage, a county police spokesman tells the AP . However, about two dozen people were arrested during a protest... More »

Man Shot by Ferguson Police Charged With Assault

State of emergency is declared amid new protests

(Newser) - This afternoon brings no sign of a letup in tension in Ferguson: The St. Louis County executive has declared a state of emergency, the man critically wounded by police officers last night has been charged with assault, and about 50 protesters were arrested at a federal courthouse in St. Louis.... More »

Man Shot at Ferguson Protest Critically Injured

Father says teen was 'real close' to Michael Brown

(Newser) - A man who opened fire on officers in Ferguson, Mo. , is in "critical, unstable" condition after being struck when the officers returned fire, the St. Louis County Police chief says. Chief Jon Belmar notes plainclothes officers had been tracking the man, who they believed was armed, during a protest... More »

Shots Fired at Ferguson Protest

Police say officer returned fire

(Newser) - The anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Mo., began with a solemn march in his honor and ended with a rowdy protest that was interrupted by gunfire. St. Louis County Police say an officer who came under heavy gunfire returned shots amid the protest. The police department... More »

A Year Later, Ferguson Remembers Michael Brown

March, moment of silence as protesters return to streets of Missouri town

(Newser) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., will be marked with a somber march and a moment of silence. The march late this morning begins at the site where Brown, who was... More »

Ferguson Gets Another Interim Police Chief

Andre Anderson wouldn't mind sticking around for a while

(Newser) - Andre Anderson has stepped into the revolving door of the Ferguson, Mo., police department. The city today announced the 50-year-old will be interim chief of its force, marking the third leadership change that's occurred in four months, reports the AP . Anderson has taken a six-month leave of absence from... More »

Michael Brown's Friend Sues Ferguson, Darren Wilson

Dorian Johnson says Wilson used 'excessive force' against him

(Newser) - Dorian Johnson, the friend who was with Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., when Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, has filed a lawsuit against Wilson, the city, and the city's former police chief. Johnson claims Wilson targeted him without probable cause when he and Brown were... More »

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 »

Ferguson Officials Joke About Black Abortions

Public-records request leads to new email release

(Newser) - If you're looking for racist or sexist jokes, the email trough from Ferguson, Missouri, is the gift that keeps on giving. Responding to a public-records request, officials have released emails that liken a black abortion to crime prevention and kid about a Muslim woman being stoned, the Guardian reports.... 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 »

Lawyer: Suspect Didn't Shoot Ferguson Cops

Claims Jeffrey Williams was beaten, perhaps coerced, by police

(Newser) - Jeffrey Williams didn't intend to shoot two Ferguson police officers last Thursday, and he didn't intend to shoot protesters either, his lawyer says. In fact, "I don't think he shot anybody," defense attorney Jerryl Christmas tells the New York Times . "I clearly think that... More »

20-Year-Old Charged in Ferguson Cop Shootings

But Jeffrey Williams claims he wasn't aiming for police: prosecutor

(Newser) - The 20-year-old man charged in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers had been at the protest outside of the Ferguson Police Department earlier that night, authorities said today. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was... More »

Obama Reads Mean Tweets About Himself on Kimmel

'No excuse for criminal acts,' he says

(Newser) - President Obama—introduced as "the first Kenyan-born, Muslim socialist" president—appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, but it wasn't all joking around: He made his first public comments on this week's shooting of two police officers in Ferguson , reports the New York Times . "What had... More »

Vigil Held in Ferguson as Manhunt Continues

Protesters return, but calm prevails

(Newser) - Restraint from both sides in Ferguson: Protesters returned to the streets of the city last night after the shooting of two police officers , but calm prevailed, with officers keeping their distance from demonstrators and no arrests made, the LA Times reports. The Rev. Traci D. Blackmon prayed for the injured... 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 »

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