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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 25, 2014 7:15 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Attaturk Monday August 25, 2014 1:30 am|
Just so you know where you stand in Ferguson…
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 23, 2014 10:01 am|
Taurean Russell, a black community organizer who was been working to mobilize residents since Michael Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was arrested earlier in the week. At a press event, he recounted his arrest.
During the evening, Russell had been on multiple mainstream news programs. He had the opportunity to meet rapper Talib Kweli. He decided to explain to Kweli how unlikely it was that Brown could get from the Ferguson Market, where authorities alleged he stole cigars, to Canfield Drive, where Wilson shot him.
Russell said he left the area on West Florissant Avenue, where community has been gathering for nightly demonstrations, and police were following them. And, at some point, police were yelling, “There he goes in the gray shirt! Get him!”
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Big Al Thursday August 21, 2014 6:10 pm|
hanks to the all mighty law and order God, our law and order enforcement programs in this country continually seek to find better ways to “Serve and Protect”. A good example of that is how United States of Freedom and Liberty police departments have improved their methods for dealing with the mentally ill.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.