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The Most Important Commentary You’ll Read About Ferguson

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What do we do about Ferguson? That was the inevitable question facing teachers throughout St. Louis in the days following the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in nearby Ferguson on Aug. 9. With summer drawing to a close, students were heading back to school just as nearby protesters were being tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets. At Gateway Middle School — where 83 percent of students…

Eric Holder Hears From The People Of Ferguson Face To Face

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the “eyes of the nation and the world” are on this small suburb of St. Louis where an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by police earlier this month. The issues raised by Michael Brown’s death, Holder said, have simmered “beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.” Before a larger meeting at St. Louis Community College–Florissant Valley, the…

Justice for Michael Brown means different things to different people

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FERGUSON, Missouri – Some members of the Ferguson community believe it’s a mix of both local residents and people from out of town “destroying their neighborhood.” Several stores in the St. Louis suburb are boarded up because looters have destroyed doors and windows, in addition to stealing everything their hands could hold. It’s been more than a week since Ferguson teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed, following an alleged “altercation” with Darren Wilson….

Should President Obama visit Ferguson?

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Should President Obama go to Ferguson? In light of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen killed by police in the Missouri town—and the violent, militarized overreaction by law enforcement to peaceful protesters and journalists on the ground–attention is focused now on how Obama will respond. At a Monday press conference, the president spoke about the hurt Ferguson is facing and announced Attorney General Eric Holder will To be sure, there are calls…

New Video Shows Aftermath Of Michael Brown Shooting

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A new video shot by Ferguson resident Piaget Crenshaw shows the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. “God bless his soul, the police shot this boy outside my apartment,” Crenshaw can be heard saying in the video, which was shown on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday. Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, can be seen lying dead in the street…

So What If Michael Brown Had Marijuana In His System When He Was Killed?

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The St. Louis County medical examiner’s report on the body of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, found that Brown had “marijuana in his system” when he died, according to aWashington Post article Monday. This development should not have come as a surprise to anyone who has ever been or known a teenager, but some still expected the toxicology report to…

Captain Ron Johnson delivers powerful message to Michael Brown’s family

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It’s no secret Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has won over the community of Ferguson. He’s been a staple at protests and demonstrations since Thursday — walking side by side with residents who feel Michael Brown was wrongfully killed at the hands of police. Sunday, Johnson continued to endear himself to those still outraged by his death. Speaking at a “unity rally” at Greater Grace Church, Johnson apologized on behalf…

Obama Dispatches Eric Holder To Ferguson As Federal Probes Continue

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spoke out on Monday about the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters have been demonstrating since the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a police officer. He reiterated that the Justice Department has opened an independent investigation into Brown’s killing, and announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will head to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with federal…

Ferguson On Edge On First Night With Curfew

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FERGUSON, Mo. — A man is in critical condition after he was shot during overnight protests in Ferguson, Missouri, State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson told reporters early Sunday. Police also used tear gas on the small group of demonstrators who defied a local curfew that ran from midnight to 5 a.m., Johnson said, because they believed a person was armed. Seven people were arrested, he said. Announced Saturday by…

Curfew In Effect For Second Night In Ferguson As Protests Continue

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FERGUSON, Mo. — The Missouri Highway Patrol announced Sunday afternoon that a curfew would be in place again from midnight until 5 a.m. Monday, as protests continue over the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in this St. Louis suburb. The first curfew was announced Saturday by Gov. Jay Nixon (D), who said it was an attempt to curb looting that has accompanied the demonstrations. That curfew ran…

Ferguson’s Congressman Has ‘No Confidence’ In Local Cops To Give Brown Family ‘A Fair Shake’

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As protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri continued to clash over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer on August 9, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) called on federal investigators to secure “equal justice under the law” for Brown’s family. In an interview airing on CREDO and We Act Radio’s livestream amid protests Saturday evening, Clay said he had little faith in…

Ferguson Chief Names Darren Wilson as Cop Who Shot Michael Brown

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A six-year police veteran named Darren Wilson was identified Friday as the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb last weekend, touching off a week of sometimes violent protests and a military-style police response. A police report made public Friday also revealed that the teen, Michael Brown, was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from a convenience store and assaulting a clerk…

New Ferguson Police Commander Ron Johnson Walks With Protesters

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The man now leading police in Ferguson, Missouri, walked Thursday night with those protesting the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, one day after protesters faced rubber bullets and tear gas from heavily armed officers in riot gear. On Twitter, MSNBC’s Jamil Smith in Ferguson captured a scene Thursday: “We all want justice. We all want answers,” the new commander, Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol,…

Jay Nixon: Missouri Highway Patrol Will Take Over Supervision Of Security In Ferguson

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the supervision of security in the St. Louis suburb that’s been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Wednesday. Gov. Jay Nixon said security will be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol. Johnson, who is black, said he grew up in the community and…

Police Finally Interviewing Key Witness To Michael Brown Shooting

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WASHINGTON — A young man who said he witnessed the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is talking to police on Wednesday. St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman told The Huffington Post at approximately 4:45 p.m. EDT that detectives are currently speaking with Dorian Johnson, 22, a friend of Brown’s who disputes the version of events provided by police. The St. Louis County…