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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 »

2 Ferguson Cops Shot During Protest

Officers seriously injured outside police station

(Newser) - More volatility last night in Ferguson, where two officers were shot in front of the city's Police Department shortly after midnight as protesters gathered following the resignation of the city's embattled police chief . How St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar put it to reporters: His "assumption,... 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 »

Ferguson City Manager Quits

But John Shaw says he never 'heaped abuse on the poor'

(Newser) - More Justice Department report fallout in Ferguson: City manager John Shaw has agreed to step down, and the city council voted 7-0 to approve a "mutual separation agreement" last night, reports the New York Times , which notes that Shaw was the most powerful official in Ferguson but had been... More »

State Reassigns All Ferguson Court Cases

'Abusive' judge-prosecutor steps down

(Newser) - The Missouri Supreme Court is helping with the housecleaning in Ferguson: The court says that to "restore public trust and confidence" in the municipal court division, it's taking the "extraordinary action" of reassigning all municipal court cases to a state appeals court judge, reports the New York ... More »

Ferguson Judge Behind Fines Scheme Owes $170K

Ronald Brockmeyer, 70, is also accused of fixing tickets

(Newser) - A Ferguson, Missouri judge first got in hot water when the Justice Dept. accused him of fixing traffic tickets and unfairly punishing residents over unpaid fees. But 70-year-old Ronald Brockmeyer has another problem: more than $170,000 in outstanding taxes, the Guardian reports. According to tax liens filed by the... 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 »

Mayor: Ferguson Cop Fired Over Racist Emails

He says changes underway after DOJ report

(Newser) - The mayor of Ferguson, Mo., says big changes are already underway after the release of a scathing Department of Justice report on the city's police force. Mayor James Knowles says one police official involved in sending racist emails has been fired and two more have been suspended pending an... 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 »

Ferguson Traffic Stops Target Blacks: DoJ Report

Findings expected to show rampant discrimination that fomented tension

(Newser) - Black drivers in Ferguson, Mo., are pulled over much more for traffic stops than white drivers—and this imbalance is the crux of a forthcoming and damning Justice Department report, the New York Times reports. The nearly finished findings, according to law enforcement officials who say they've been briefed... More »

No Civil Rights Charges for Zimmerman in Trayvon Case

Justice Department concludes there isn't enough evidence

(Newser) - George Zimmerman continues to get into minor scrapes with the law, but he's going to avoid a major one: The Justice Department has decided not to bring civil rights charges against him in the death of Trayvon Martin, reports AP . It's not a huge surprise given that the... More »

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