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Michael Brown's Parents Reach Deal With Ferguson

Judge orders settlement to remain secret

(Newser) - Nearly three years after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, a settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his parents. A federal judge signed off on the civil settlement Tuesday but ordered most of the details to be kept secret, reports... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Citing Threats, Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Resigns

Move was expected after grand jury cleared him

(Newser) - He's been cleared of criminal charges, but officer Darren Wilson won't be collecting his paycheck from the Ferguson police force anymore. The 28-year-old said today that's he's resigning "of my own free will" because he's worried about renewed violence should he remain on the... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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