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.
|By: DSWright Thursday August 21, 2014 7:50 am|
In the wake of the lethal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri a petition has been launched to have the White House look into requiring all police officers in the country to wear body cameras. The petition has now exceeded 128,000 signatures, the Obama Administration said it will respond to petitions that exceed 100,000.
While numerous witnesses claim that unarmed Michael Brown was killed with his hands in the air attempting to surrender, the Ferguson police officer who killed Brown, Darren Wilson, was not on camera. The Ferguson police department had been equipped with dashboard cameras but never installed them.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 20, 2014 3:17 pm|
The St. Louis County Police showed up at the St. Mark’s Church nearby Ferguson, which the community has been using as a “safe space” for Ferguson and other community residents. Organizers were uncertain of what was taken but maintained that police were sending a message that not even this space was a place residents could go and be safe.
A volunteer, John Chasnoff, who has been working as part of a coalition to transform the space into a “humanitarian shelter,” said that the space has been open from about 7 am to 2 am so that people are there to help anyone who might need assistance.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 20, 2014 9:00 am|
Police deployed to Ferguson to supposedly keep the community safe and control demonstrations calling for justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, arrested at least forty-seven people on Tuesday night. The arrests mostly occurred after midnight.