When Ferguson, Missouri, was experiencing a crackdown by militarized police forces in August after a white police officer killed Mike Brown, Amnesty International made the unprecedented decision to deploy human rights observers to a city inside the United States. A 13-person delegation monitored developments and the human rights organization has now released its report on what the delegation witnessed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 24, 2014 12:26 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 21, 2014 8:05 am|
Protesters approached the St. Louis County Justice Center while holding pumpkins marked “racism,” “police brutality” and “white privilege.” They planned to smash the pumpkins in front of the police station to make a point about the disparity in media coverage of primarily white college students rioting in Keene, New Hampshire, and media coverage of reaction in Ferguson, Missouri, to white police officer Darren Wilson who killed an unarmed black teenager named Mike Brown.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 13, 2014 12:10 pm|
Hundreds of people took to the streets of St. Louis last night following an interfaith service at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University (SLU). They eventually made their way on to the SLU campus by 2 am and, by early morning, twenty-five people remained with tents in Clock Tower Plaza on campus.
It was all a part of “Ferguson October,” a “weekend of resistance” for transforming a moment of protest against white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who killed the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown into a movement. But the events of last night did not go by schedule at all—and that is part of why it worked so well.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday October 12, 2014 9:27 am|
There were well over a thousand people from various community, union and activist organizations out in the streets of downtown St. Louis yesterday. They were not just marching for justice for Mike Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was gunned down by white Ferguson police officer, but were also coming together to highlight the need to transform a moment into a movement that will confront police violence in communities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 7, 2014 10:25 am|
A United States district court judge issued an order preventing police from continuing to enforce a rule they created and imposed against protesters in Ferguson, which required them to keep moving or face arrest. The judge found that the rule was unconstitutional and acknowledged that commanding officers were well aware that it was “unlawful” to arrest people who were peacefully standing on a sidewalk.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday October 5, 2014 8:54 am|
Police action against protestors in Ferguson escalated again this past week. According to those who continue to organize for justice in the aftermath of Mike Brown being gunned down by a Ferguson police officer, the police are now engaging in a process similar to hostage-taking, where they arrest people and agree to release those individuals if protests are stopped. It seemed police arrested 13 people, including a CNN freelancer, to discourage people from protesting.
Also, it was reported on October 3 that the St. Louis County Police are once more in charge of policing protests.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday September 27, 2014 7:59 am|
The Ferguson Police Department, as well as St. Louis County Police Department, have assured the Justice Department that their officers will no longer be permitted to wear “I Am Darren Wilson” bracelets while on duty in Ferguson, Missouri.
Darren Wilson is the white police officer, who shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown at least six times in early August. Ferguson residents have spotted police wearing bracelets in solidarity.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division writes in a letter to Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson, “We write to confirm that you will prohibit Ferguson Police Department officers from wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” bracelets while in uniform and on duty. We write to also confirm our understanding that you will ensure that other municipal police agencies prohibit their officers from wearing these bracelets while working in Ferguson.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 22, 2014 12:17 pm|
A unit of the United States Justice Department has decided to protect the mayor of Ferguson and city council members from the potential effects of transparency by banning reporters and non-residents from a series of town hall meetings.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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?
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.