Activists in St. Louis have requested that a circuit court investigate and remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch for conducting the grand jury into Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown in an “arbitrary manner and in bad faith.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 18, 2015 6:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 5, 2015 6:00 pm|
A person who served on the grand jury that did not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown has sued St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch and argues a lifetime gag order violates his or her First Amendment rights. The lawsuit being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Missouri [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 22, 2014 11:00 am|
Two New York police officers were killed by a mentally ill African-American man on December 20. The man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had chosen the officers as targets as a kind of revenge for police, who had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Although there is little evidence that these [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 2, 2014 3:00 pm|
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with seven black and Latino organizers yesterday to discuss police violence in not just Ferguson, Missouri, but throughout the country. Following the meeting, Obama announced some steps his administration would be taking to address some of the issues raised. Organizers who participated [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 25, 2014 3:50 pm|
Police deployed in riot gear fired tear gas directly at a coffee shop in St. Louis early in the morning on Tuesday. The scene unfolded just hours after an announcement by St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, that a grand jury had found no “probable cause” to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9.
Rachel O’Leary, who is the Deputy Executive Director for Field Organizing for Amnesty International USA, was in MoKaBe’s Coffeehouse in the Shaw neighborhood with some members of a delegation of human rights observers. About 1 am—or just after—tear gas was fired.
“We noticed police behaving strangely,” O’Leary recalled. “They were squatting down in a group, and we couldn’t figure out what was happening. We were watching this out the window.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 24, 2014 11:19 am|
Attorney and radio and television host Michael Smerconish spent a full hour on November 22 on the forthcoming grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, that was expected. He committed his show to not only holding protesters accountable but also to giving a Ferguson police officer air time to spread fear by claiming that all police officers he knows have received “death threats.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00 pm|
Days before a grand jury announcement is expected on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for killing an unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown, the FBI has reportedly targeted and caught two men with alleged connections to the New Black Panthers who allegedly planned to purchase guns to hurt police officers.
Multiple news media organizations also initially reported, based of anonymous law enforcement sources, that these same two individuals “purchased explosives to use in pipe bombs they intended to use in protests in Ferguson.” But the two men, Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis, have yet to be indicted on any charges related to buying explosive materials.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 24, 2014 12:26 pm|
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 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.