Podcast: Ferguson, Class Divisions & Why Community May Reject Voting as Key Answer to Injustice

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 8:30 am

The stark reality is police in America have gunned down black youth in the streets many, many times prior to Michael Brown’s death. Why did this act of police brutality lead to such a show of incredible rage and protest from a community?

 

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 11:25 am

The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.

As Dennis Black, one of the legal observers arrested, commented, “Ferguson is a pilot program of what’s to come when communities respond to police brutality.” He and others had traveled from Detroit to see a preview of what police might do to squelch uprisings there.

Late Night: Jon Stewart on Race (& Ferguson in the Media)

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Jon Stewart returned from a brief hiatus with a brilliant take down of the racially charged Ferguson coverage in the media, primarily on FOX News.

Not that they are the only offenders.

Mayor of Dellwood, Which Neighbors Ferguson: Setting an Example for How to Build Community

By: Monday August 25, 2014 7:15 pm

When the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer led to individuals damaging businesses, Reggie Jones, the African-American mayor of Dellwood, was concerned that what was happening would spill over. In fact, the St. Louis suburb’s border is only two blocks from the QuikTrip that was set on fire on August 9, the day of Brown’s death.

‘We’re Tired of Police Judging Us’—St. Louis Resident Opens Up About Police, Protests & Mike Brown (Video)

By: Monday August 25, 2014 3:05 pm

While on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, to cover the aftermath of the killing of Mike Brown by police, I had the privilege of being introduced to Kerry, a young black man and resident of the St. Louis area. He agreed to speak to me about his experiences.

We recorded the interview on August 21, days after some of the worst and most intense police violence that had occurred.

Ferguson’s Municipal Court System Makes Millions Off Targeting Black and Poor People

By: Monday August 25, 2014 8:54 am

A small nonprofit organization, which provides “holistic legal advocacy” to poverty-stricken residents in St. Louis County, didn’t believe their clients when they claimed they were being incarcerated for not paying fines, targeted for being black and poor and denied access to municipal courts, particularly when they brought their children with them. The organization decided to conduct a “court watching” program and observed about 60 different courts. It produced a report that largely confirmed the allegations of clients.

In the aftermath of the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the report [PDF] from ArchCity Defenders has been receiving attention for the critical context it provides.

Ferguson Organizer on Life Under Police Occupation (Video)

By: Sunday August 24, 2014 10:18 am

Tef Poe, a local musician and community organizer from St. Louis, who grew up in the Ferguson area, addressed how residents feel about the police during a press event on August 22. It was an opportunity for Poe and other young black organizers to put the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer into an appropriate context.

“The thing that irks me the most is that we are treated as if we’re illogical people,” Poe stated.

In Aftermath of Killing of Mike Brown, Organizers Announce Set of Demands for Justice in Ferguson

By: Friday August 22, 2014 6:15 pm

Young black organizers, who have been working with members of the Ferguson community to formulate calls for action in response to the police shooting that killed Mike Brown, announced a set of demands they would like to see fulfilled in the aftermath. This set of demands represents what the community will be fighting for in the days and weeks after Brown is buried at his funeral on Monday.

Teen Says He Was Punched in His Jaw by Police While Being Arrested During Protest in Ferguson

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 12:25 pm

A black eighteen year-old from St. Louis came over to the media zone last night and talked to reporters about how he had been violently arrested by police during Tuesday night while protesting in Ferguson against the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

Leon Nelson, said a “kid threw a plastic water bottle toward a police officer.” The officers became mad and then started to chase a bunch of kids. The officers ran after them as they headed toward a bridge nearby the QuikTrip.

Legal Observer Arrested in Ferguson Says He Saw Police Targeting Black Men for Arrest

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 10:00 am

A legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild, who was wearing a clearly marked green hat, was arrested just after midnight on August 20. He was one of at least forty-seven arrests police made during protests urging the county to arrest or indict Officer Darren Wilson, who has been identified as the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

Max Suchan told Firedoglake in an interview that the police had “massed up.” He observed police “charging into the crowd.” It was his sense that they were “targeting” young black men from the neighborhood.

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