Ferguson, Missouri

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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 »

Feds to Probe Ferguson Cops

Civil rights investigation to be wide-ranging

(Newser) - The Justice Department is planning an investigation of the police department in Ferguson, Mo., that will go far beyond the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last month. The probe, which will look at the force's behavior over the last several years to determine whether racial profiling and excessive... More »

Online Fundraisers for Ferguson Cop Shuttered

Tax experts reportedly trying to handle flood of Darren Wilson donations

(Newser) - Two websites raising money for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown abruptly shut down over the weekend after raising more than $430,000. But the Support Officer Darren Wilson and Support Officer Wilson pages, two separate pages on the crowdsourcing site GoFundMe, weren't closed by... More »

Ferguson Police Now Sporting Body Cameras

Devices meant to offer transparency; critics say they're an invasion of privacy

(Newser) - The Ferguson police got to test-drive a new device over the weekend: body cameras, which officials hope will show a clearer picture of what happens during police incidents like the ones that occurred during the Ferguson protests . About 50 cameras, which are positioned on officers' uniforms to enable up-close audio... More »

$40M Suit Claims Brutality by Cops in Ferguson

Lawsuit alleges 'wanton and excessive force' used against plaintiffs

(Newser) - A Missouri man who says he was just trying to get to his mom's house and a woman who says she was waiting for a ride and a sundae at McDonald's with her teenage son are among the five plaintiffs who have filed a $40 million lawsuit against... More »

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out on Ferguson

'We are better than that,' she says

(Newser) - "We don't want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that," Hillary Clinton told a tech conference in San Francisco yesterday in her first public remarks on events in Ferguson, Mo . Clinton praised "decent and respectful law... More »

Supreme Court Helps Cops Stay Unaccountable

Law professor: Series of decisions makes it all but impossible to convict

(Newser) - It's possible that a grand jury will find enough evidence to conclude that Officer Darren Wilson should go on trial for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. But even if that happens, don't expect Wilson to be found guilty of excessive use of force, writes law... More »

CNN Posts Possible Audio of Michael Brown Shooting

Man records alleged gunshots during video chat with friend

(Newser) - Might these be the gunshots that killed Michael Brown? CNN has posted audio inadvertently recorded around the time of his shooting by a Ferguson man who was video chatting with a friend. A forensic audio expert tells the network that he hears a succession of six shots, then a pause,... More »

Mourners Hail 'Gentle' Brown as Sharpton Urges 'Change'

Big names come out as Michael Brown laid to rest

(Newser) - More than 2,500 mourners crowded Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis this morning to lay Michael Brown to rest, reports the AP , with another 2,000 in overflow seating and national television carrying the 18-year-old's funeral. Brown's casket was closed, with a St. Louis Cardinals... More »

Michael Brown Was 'No Angel'? Come On.

New York Times phrasing rankles a few readers

(Newser) - Michael Brown "was no angel," according to a New York Times piece by John Eligon—and the phrasing hasn't gone unnoticed. At Vox , Matthew Yglesias recalls that he himself was hardly a model teen, but "you don't need to be one to survive into adulthood.... More »

Ferguson Officer Accused of Hog-Tying Boy, 12

Boy's lawyer says trial date expected early 2015

(Newser) - The latest Ferguson, Mo., police officer to come under scrutiny in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting is Justin Cosma, who stands accused of hog-tying a 12-year-old boy in 2010 when Cosma was a sheriff's deputy in a neighboring county, the Huffington Post reports. A civil rights lawsuit... More »

Obama Calls for Review of Police Gear

Ferguson puts spotlight on use of military equipment

(Newser) - Amid the uproar in Ferguson, President Obama is addressing concerns over military-grade equipment's availability to local police, officials tell the New York Times and CNN . Obama has ordered a review of policies surrounding the gear's use, questioning whether police are properly trained to use it as well as... More »

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