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  • School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy

    09/22/2014 1:56:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 135 replies
    Fox News | Sep 19, 2014
    Education School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy A souvenir shell casing handed out by veterans at a 9/11 ceremony landed a seven-year-old Missouri boy in hot water when he took the keepsake to school. Sherry Falke said her son, Zane, forgot he had the souvenir in his pocket when he showed up for class on Tuesday, Fox4KC.com reported. The boy was given the souvenir at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Carrollton, Mo. "He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school," Falke told...
  • Gov. Jay Nixon: Forget about innocent until proven guilty, prosecute Darren Wilson

    08/19/2014 8:37:21 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 67 replies
    conservativefiringline.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Governor Jay Nixon (YouTube)
    It seems Jay Nixon, the Democratic Governor of Missouri, doesn’t think too much of that whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing and has decided instead to call for a “vigourous prosecution” of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Not a vigorous investigation, mind you, but a vigorous prosecution. In other words, to hell with the evidence and the mitigating circumstances. Naturally, it doesn’t matter that over a dozen witnesses have corroborated Wilson’s side of the story. VIDEO
  • Ferguson versus Whitopia

    09/21/2014 8:41:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    al-Jazeera ^ | September 21, 2014 | Rich Benjamin
    Focus on police bias obscures meaningful debate on structural racism that perpetuates racial injustice and inequality. In the wake of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, the public has heard quite a bit about the town, its residents and their supposed violence. But about half an hour drive west of Ferguson, along a highway straddling the Missouri River, you will come to what may seem a planet away: St. Charles County. St. Charles is a “Whitopia” — a predominantly white county that has posted 6 percent...
  • Remove the Stigma of Bad Black Behavior that Hurts our Race

    09/21/2014 1:05:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | September 19, 2014 | Derryck Green
    Rather than waiting until specifics about the Michael Brown case are known — such as autopsy results, detailed officer reports, toxicology or other details regarding his death — some Ferguson residents, Brown supporters and various hangers-on decided to act. Learning nothing from the Trayvon Martin case, people took to the street with demands for “justice” and homemade protest signs. They were aided by a media seemingly excited about exploiting the narrative that Brown’s death was at the hands of a brutal and possibly racist cop in a militarized police force that cares little about black residents. Ensuing nights after the...
  • Three arrested in Ferguson after protester says he was struck by car

    09/20/2014 10:44:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 20, 2014 | Denise Hollinshed, Steve Giegerich and Nicholas J.C. Pistor
    The driver of a vehicle bumps protesters who decided to block traffic on S. Florissant Rd. in an act of civil obedience on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, as demonstrations continue against the police shooting of Michael Brown. The incident lend to the arrest of two protesters and the man driving the vehicle.Three people were arrested during protests near the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday afternoon after a protester claimed he was bumped by a passing vehicle, police said. The incident triggered a round of standoffs between police and protesters, who blocked traffic on the street. About 35 people were protesting...
  • For people living under threat of arrest around St. Louis, a constant stress

    09/20/2014 7:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 20, 2014 | Jeremy Kohler
    Hunkered down in her south St. Louis County apartment with a mug of coffee and a thick novel, Carol Ray, 54, tries to enjoy a sunny morning off from work. But that’s hard when you’re a fugitive from justice who could be taken away in handcuffs at any moment. On her kitchen table sit unpaid traffic tickets from the cities of Beverly Hills and Town and Country: $199 total. Somebody with money could hire a lawyer with contacts in the court, exchange a few emails and pay extra to keep points off their license. With no more sacrifice than a...
  • Glenn Beck: 'The Good Has Far Out-Shadowed The Bad' In Ferguson

    09/04/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 4, 2014 | Ashley Alman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Conservative television and radio host Glenn Beck highlighted the good coming out of Ferguson, Missouri amid the protests and unrest that rattled the suburb following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. "Yes there were looters. Yes there were vandals. Yes there were bad cops. Yes there were good cops," Beck said. "The good, the good has far out-shadowed the bad." Beck commended Arianna Huffington for going beyond images of protests and tear gas to point to the good deeds being carried out in Ferguson. "At a time when most were using Ferguson to divide or gain power, Arianna...
  • When Will Darren Wilson Be Charged, If At All? The St. Louis Grand Jury Is Still Deciding

    09/20/2014 4:18:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Bustle ^ | September 20, 2014 | Chris Tognotti
    Don’t forget about Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson. We’ve largely moved on from reading about the daily and nightly protests, civil unrest, and the toxic relationship between the St. Louis County suburb’s police force and its citizens, but this story is far from over — Michael Brown’s killer, after all, is still on paid leave. It all raises an obvious question: When will Officer Darren Wilson be charged for shooting Brown, if at all? The simplest answer is that it could be a long time, if it even happens at all. That’s because the decision whether or not...
  • Ferguson mob swarms town meeting: If cop gets off, ‘ya’ll better bring every army y’all got.

    09/19/2014 7:19:32 PM PDT · by walford · 169 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | September 17, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    A raucous crowd disrupted speakers, threatened violence and accused police of murder Tuesday night as the fallout from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., reignited. And anyone who disagreed with the mob needed a police escort to get out. That was the scene of “democracy” as protesters apparently conceive it during a meeting of the St. Louis County Council in Clayton, Mo., as a meeting called to conduct local government descended into two hours of near chaos and mob rule, according to an account by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The mob was on hand, of course, to “protest” the...
  • Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets

    09/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | DOUG CAMERON and ROBERT WALL
    Boeing Co. BA +0.48% , which has built military planes for almost a century, is preparing for the prospect of a fighter-less future. The steadfast commitment of the U.S. and many allies to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program made by Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.60% is drying up funding for Boeing's fighters. Now, the head of Boeing's defense unit is preparing a road map that would concede the fighter market to Lockheed and pin the business's future on other aircraft, including military versions of its commercial jetliners. "You have to face reality," Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing, Defense, Space...
  • Grand Jury Process Raises Questions About a Ferguson Indictment

    09/19/2014 1:32:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014 | Alex Altman
    The ongoing grand jury proceedings may suggest the prosecutor is trying to avoid backlash if Wilson isn't indicted.Officer Darren Wilson testified this week in the grand jury investigation into his shooting of Michael Brown, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The newspaper’s scoop was unusual. Unlike most criminal-justice proceedings in the U.S., grand juries are highly secretive. Leaking information about them is a criminal act. But perhaps it should no longer be surprising to see the investigation take an interesting turn. More than a month after Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., the grand jury appears to be nowhere near a...
  • Ferguson asked residents to comment after the Michael Brown shooting. Here’s what they had to say.

    09/18/2014 4:48:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Nation ^ | September 18, 2014 | Sarah Larimer
    <p>After last month’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the city of Ferguson, Mo., postponed its August council meeting. Instead of holding the forum, it sent postage-paid comment cards to residents and asked them to mail their feedback.</p>
  • Man charged in attempted fire bombing of Missouri congressman's office

    09/18/2014 10:26:39 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News (from Reuters) ^ | 9/17/14 | Kevin Murphy
    KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Kansas City man was charged on Wednesday with trying to fire-bomb the local office of Missouri U.S. Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver using two bottles filled with charcoal lighter fluid, prosecutors said.
  • Ferguson was our 9-11

    09/17/2014 10:18:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The St. Louis American ^ | September 17, 2014 | Umar Lee
    Ferguson. West Florissant. The street I grew up traveling up and down, riding the 74 Florissant bus, going to Charlie Chicken with my father, attending the funerals of dead family members at Bellefontaine and Calvary cemeteries, shopping at the old Northland Mall and the other shops up and down West Florissant. All of these memories came to me as I walked through smoke and teargas on West Florissant, as I took cover at a Ponderosa I used to binge on wings at, as I watched military vehicles usher in men dressed for war, as I watched the mall of my...
  • Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown (Darren Wilson)

    09/17/2014 5:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kim Bell and Robert Patrick
    Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified here for almost four hours Tuesday in front of the St. Louis County grand jury investigating his Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday. Wilson was not obligated to appear, and also has spoken with St. Louis County investigators twice and federal investigators once, the source said. The source said Wilson was “cooperative.” A spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch’s office, Ed Magee, refused to comment Wednesday on who has testified. The shooting of Brown, 18, who was black and unarmed, by Wilson, who is...
  • Loud Ferguson protesters disrupt government meeting

    09/17/2014 12:10:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CLAYTON, Missouri -- Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday. The group renewed calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowed political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor. The demand for officer Darren Wilson's arrest and the recusal of the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney began with the final utterance of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the St. Louis County Council meeting. "For all," crowd members shouted, emphasizing the second word, as the pledge...
  • Environmentalist: Ferguson Happened Because of Climate Change

    09/17/2014 2:47:45 PM PDT · by walford · 75 replies
    National Review ^ | September 17, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    According to a top environmentalist organizer, climate change is responsible for this summer’s violence in Ferguson, Missouri. “To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” 350.org Strategic Partnership Coordinator Deirdre Smith wrote. “Oppression and extreme weather combine to ‘incite’ militarized violence,” she continued. Weeks of rioting followed the killing August 9 of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Observers around the nation criticized the police for a heavy-handed response to protests in the town, but while the rioting received international attention, it did not result in any loss of...
  • Missouri, Alabama schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program

    09/17/2014 9:06:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | Victor Skinner
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. And many, like Missouri’s Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools, are taking matters into their own hands. Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012. At Notre Dame, school officials turned to...
  • Ferguson Protesters Vow More Violence, Threaten to Shut Down Rams, Cardinals Games

    09/17/2014 8:29:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | unknown
    Ferguson demonstrators stormed a St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday evening and threatened more violence and to shut down St. Louis Rams and Cardinals games if the officer who shot Michael Brown to death is not arrested or indicted. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "protesters demanded the arrest of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on a Ferguson street five weeks ago, the removal of County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch from the Brown case, the resignations of County Police Chief Jon Belmar and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson and accountability from the elected...
  • The red flag flies high again on prosecution in Michael Brown slaying

    09/16/2014 9:41:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | September 16, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “Tough on Crime” Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer. This automatically bestowed on him the shield that cops have from any charges of misconduct, especially in cases where the victims of their misconduct are...
  • AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study (Holder’s bias prevails)

    09/16/2014 7:57:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 10:54 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. The police shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri underscored the need for the long-planned initiative, Holder said in an interview with The Associated Press. He said the three-year project could be a “silver lining” if it helps ease racial tensions and “pockets of distrust that show up between law enforcement...
  • Ferguson Rapper Tef Poe: Barack Obama Has Forsaken Us, But We Will Not Stop Fighting Injustice

    09/16/2014 4:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Kareem Jackson @TefPoe
    They cannot kill us all. They can not throw us all in jail. We want justice for Michael Brown and every victim of police brutality. We’re now a month out from the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and a month away from when a grand jury is likely to decide whether or not to indict him. Yet we still have no answers and no respect in the state of Missouri. In Saint Louis County, the police have a history of racial profiling and abusing the power of the shield. Racial profiling in North County has...
  • Ferguson and the summer of 1967 (The “reservoir of underlying grievances” remains)

    09/14/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 11, 2014 | Chuck Henson
    White man shoots and kills black man. Predominantly black population protests, riots, loots. Predominantly white police force overwhelmed. Governor calls out the National Guard. Curfew imposed. Similar events took place in Newark and Detroit in the summer of 1967. President Johnson responded by dispatching what would become known as the Kerner Commission to find the causes and propose a solution. The commission’s basic conclusion was “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” Among its findings, the commission reported action against “local symbols of white American society, authority and property.” No single triggering...
  • Community still coming to grips with why Michael Brown’s body was left in the street

    09/14/2014 6:10:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Lake County Journal / The Associated Press ^ | September 14, 2014 | David Hunn and Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The indignation was instantaneous. Neighbors in Canfield Green poured from their apartments and stared at 18-year-old Michael Brown, unarmed, face down in the street, shot dead by a police officer. Then, fueled by camera phones and social media, the outrage jumped out of this suburban apartment complex, crossed St. Louis County, traversed the country and, over the weeks, spread across the world. The Rev. Al Sharpton, preaching at Brown’s funeral two weeks later, said the teen was left in the street “like nobody cared,” as if his life “didn’t matter.”(continued)
  • Ferguson job fair attracts 5,000

    09/14/2014 9:14:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 14, 2014 | Stephen Deere and Joel Currier
    FERGUSON • In less than half an hour, thousands of people arrived, dressed in jeans and suits, with their résumés in hand. The line to get into a room where dozens of potential employers sat waiting was at least 45 minutes long. A job fair sponsored by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis on Saturday drew about 5,000. The event, held at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus, was supposed to end at 2 p.m. But it ran more than an hour long just so everyone who had waited in line could interview. Damon Williams, 38, said frustration...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Missouri’s rapid rightward shift

    09/13/2014 7:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 13, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    In just four weeks, Missouri has carried out an execution, imposed a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking abortions, expanded gun rights and become the poster child for the militarization of police and racial discord. Its public school system is struggling beneath the weight of an ongoing funding crisis, and an entire local police force is under federal investigation. While the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a small-city cop and the fiery protests and heavy-handed police response that followed has drawn national attention and scorn, the incident is but a glimpse into the current social and political...
  • Ferguson tragedy becoming a farce

    09/13/2014 5:28:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2014 | Dana Milbank
    What happened in Ferguson, Mo., last month was a tragedy. What’s on course to happen there next month will be a farce. October is when a grand jury is expected to decide whether to indict the white police officer, Darren Wilson, who killed an unarmed black teenager by firing at least six bullets into him. It’s a good bet the grand jurors won’t charge him, because all signs indicate that the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, doesn’t want them to. The latest evidence that the fix is in came this week from The Post’s Kimberly Kindy and Carol Leonnig,...
  • Michael Brown shooting: Is this new video a 'game changer'?

    09/13/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/13/2014 | By Catherine E. Shoichet and Randi Kaye
    It's a view of the Michael Brown shooting we hadn't seen before, but could it be enough to shape the way a grand jury handles the controversial case? An exclusive video first broadcast Wednesday on CNN shows two construction workers' reactions just after a police officer shot the unarmed African-American 18-year-old last month in Ferguson, Missouri. The contractors shown in the short video clip told CNN they saw Brown with his hands up as Officer Darren Wilson pursued him and opened fire. Several legal analysts describe the video as a "game changer." Others said it might not make much of...
  • Mistrust Lingers as Ferguson Takes New Tack on Fines (City surrenders, gives amnesty to criminals)

    09/13/2014 3:42:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 12, 2014 | Frances Robles
    FERGUSON, Mo. — There were lots of jitters at the Ferguson police clerk’s window this week, as steady streams of drivers with unpaid traffic tickets and pending arrest warrants turned themselves in as part of a new city initiative to repair its frayed relationship with black residents. They looked around skeptically. “I don’t know if they are going to lock me up,” said Katrina Clemons, who owes almost $800 in fines and penalties from a $250 traffic ticket. “I do not like coming here.” The drivers came with their citations, thousand-dollar invoices, and tales of racial profiling and exorbitant fees....
  • Portrait of a protester in Ferguson, Missouri (Think it's sympathetic to the looters?*)

    09/12/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 12, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    FERGUSON, Missouri— Just days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in a hail of police bullets, Joshua Williams found himself facing off with a phalanx of heavily-armed officers. Williams joined the swarm of angry protesters who, in the wake of the teen’s death, took over the streets not far from the scene of the killing. They chanted and yelled and hoisted protest signs in the air. The police responded with snipers positioned on top of armored vehicles and a heavy deployment of officers, many with automatic rifles slung over their shoulders. When someone from the crowd threw a rock or...
  • 'He had his (...) hands in the air': New video of Michael Brown incident reveals witnesses' horror

    09/12/2014 1:16:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/12/2014 | By COREY CHARLTON
    A video has surfaced showing two witnesses' incredulous reactions to the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. In the video, one of the contractors standing near the scene throws his own hands up in the air and shouts 'he had his f****** hands in the air' minutes after Brown was gunned down. Officer Darren Wilson shot dead unarmed 18-year-old Brown on August 9, in an incident that triggered a national debate on race relations and two weeks of widespread protests. The men's reactions were captured on a cellphone-recorded video obtained by CNN. One of...
  • Wait for answers threatens fragile calm in Ferguson

    09/11/2014 10:43:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    World Magazine / The Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2014 | Lynde Langdon
    The conflict in Ferguson, Mo., might have simmered for a time, but the heat is rising again as residents lose patience with the government’s response to the shooting death of Michael Brown. The mobs of protesters that took over Ferguson streets in the nights after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, have dispersed, as has a police presence reinforced by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the National Guard. A St. Louis County grand jury is hearing evidence and will decide whether to indict Wilson on criminal charges in the shooting....
  • Ferguson Kids Have a Message About Racism for White People

    09/11/2014 9:37:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Black Entertainment Televison News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Natelege Whaley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Six kids from the block where Michael Brown was killed tell the truth about race with some humor in video.Six kids from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot and killed, have something to say about the state of racism in a humorous video called "Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids" created by the T-shirt company FCKH8.com. "Sometimes white people are like, 'But is racism still a thing?' Spoiler alert: Duh. Just because Beyoncé is on your playlist and you voted for Obama, doesn't mean that our generation has seen the end of racist...
  • Interstate 70 blockade fails as protesters clash with police

    09/11/2014 9:15:51 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | 9/11/14 | Steve Giegerich
    The demonstrators protesting the death of Ferguson teen Michael Brown failed in their bid to shut down rush-hour traffic on Interstate 70 Wednesday afternoon but nonetheless claimed success for disrupting traffic for hours on North Hanley Road, a major St. Louis County artery. Before a late-afternoon thunderstorm dispersed the final remnants of protesters that at one point approached 150 people, clashes with police had resulted in 32 charged with unlawful assembly and four with assault on law enforcement officers. No one was injured during the nearly three hour stand-off with authorities.
  • Missouri Senate Votes to Override Gov. Nixon's Veto of Armed Teachers Bill

    09/11/2014 6:53:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On September 10, the Missouri Senate voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's (D) veto of SB 656--the legislation to allow schools to train teachers to become "School Protection Officers" and carry guns with which to protect children on campus. SB 656 also allows people who possess a concealed carry permit (CCW) to openly carry firearms, and it lowers the legal age for a CCW from 21 to 19. The override passed by a margin of 23 to 8. A house vote is set for September 11, where the veto is expected to be overturned.
  • Protests, Arrests-Ferguson: ‘If (Wilson) Doesn’t Get Conviction, This Whole Nation Is Going to Riot’

    09/10/2014 10:54:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 10, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Police clashed with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday as demonstrations have resumed over the police-involved, fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Multiple arrests were made, though it was unclear how many, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Joel Currier reported. The community appears to be growing impatient as Ferguson officer Darren Wilson waits to find out whether or not he will be indicted by a grand jury in Brown’s death. Some in the community are vowing only a conviction will satisfy protesters. “If (Darren Wilson) doesn’t get a guilty conviction, this whole nation is going to riot.” St. Louis resident Whitman...
  • Justice Department jeopardizes Ferguson case

    09/10/2014 10:18:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | September 9, 2014 | Paul Callan, CNN Legal Analyst
    If the United States Department of Justice has any real interest in obtaining justice in the tragic shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement of a new civil rights investigation in Ferguson, Missouri, (population 21,000) was a step in the wrong direction. The department's ham-handed effort to improve the political "optics" of active federal involvement may, ironically, create the reasonable doubt that will ultimately clear the shooter, Officer Darren Wilson. The Department of Justice is likely to be impeding justice by proceeding prematurely with a federal investigation while local law enforcement authorities struggle with the facts of...
  • Pharrell: Obama 'Needs to Come Down' to Ferguson

    09/10/2014 6:25:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | September 10, 2014 | Daniel Kreps
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pharrell Williams told CNN's Don Lemon that President Barack Obama "needs to come down" to Ferguson, Missouri to see firsthand the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. "When your parents come into the room — whether it's you or your cousin that knocked the vase down — both of y'all sit up at attention," said the producer. "This is a deeper laceration in this country. This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever." While Pharrell might not have been as vocal as his hip-hop peers following Brown's death, the Neptunes producer and The Voice judge...
  • Michael Brown’s family aching one month later

    09/10/2014 11:45:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 10, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    FERGUSON, Missouri— It has been a month and a day since Michael Brown was shot and killed, his body left for hours in the street like strange, fallen fruit for his loved ones and neighbors to wail over. Protests, riots and violent clashes with the police have slowly cooled in the St. Louis suburb, but Brown’s family continues to languish under the weight of an uncertain investigation and the burden of mourning the death of their 18-year-old son – both privately and publicly. “Each day it seems to get worse for them,” Anthony Gray, a family attorney, told msnbc. “Because...
  • Hundreds attend Ferguson’s first city council meeting since Michael Brown shooting

    09/10/2014 7:30:58 AM PDT · by Jonah Vark · 13 replies
    FOX 2 NEWS ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jeff Bernthal
    <p>A long line of speakers fired passionate comments during the 1st Ferguson City Council meeting following the shooting death of Michael Brown.</p> <p>The Council conducted its regular business and then took public comment. The meeting held at the Greater Grace Church on Pershall Road ended at 10 pm with some citizens still waiting to speak.</p>
  • Ferguson officials plan to create civilian board to oversee police

    09/10/2014 6:38:32 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | September 9, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Town officials in Ferguson, Mo., have moved to create a civilian group to monitor cops there, who have come under fire since the killing of a black teenager on Aug. 9. The Ferguson City Council on Monday said the proposed Citizen Review Board would be made up of locals not connected to the police or government, and would work with city officials to oversee and improve the much-maligned department, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
  • Ferguson Reforms Met With Rancor at City Meeting (Gave in to ALL their demands & still got heckled!)

    09/09/2014 9:53:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | September 9, 2014 | Alan Scher Zagier and Nigel Duara of the AP
    Efforts by city leaders in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer to repair the local government's fractured relationship with its residents got off to a rocky start Tuesday at the first public meeting of elected officials since Michael Brown's death. The shooting last month exposed an undercurrent of racial unrest in Ferguson and other nearby suburbs in mostly black communities of north St. Louis County, and prompted days of sometimes-violent protests...
  • BREAKING: #MikeBrown Attorneys CONFRONTED on Officer Wilson’s Severe Facial Injuries (VIDEO)

    09/09/2014 7:47:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Exclusive to The Gateway Pundit– Mike Brown Attorneys Asked About Officer Wilson Eye Fracture–Micheal Brown’s attorneys and supporters held a rally today in front of the Ferguson Police Department. Reporter Adam Sharp was there to confront the attorneys on Officer Darren Wilson’s severe injuries. Here’s their response: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)From the video: National Action Network Spokesman: You cannot look the other way when the culprit is someone in your own police department or your own back yard. Any questions? Reporter Adam Sharp: Is it true that Officer Wilson suffered facial fractures? NAN Spokesman: That’s nothing that I’ve heard. I haven’t seen anything...
  • Elderly couple beaten in Kansas City attacks die

    09/09/2014 7:17:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Salina Post / The Associated Press ^ | September 9, 2014 | Staff & wire reports
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two people have died after being beaten in their Kansas City home during an attack in which three others were fatally shot. Kansas City police say Ann and George Taylor, both in their 80s, died Tuesday after spending a week on life support....
  • Judge denies release of Michael Brown’s juvenile court records

    09/09/2014 3:46:13 PM PDT · by Jonah Vark · 32 replies
    FOX 2 NEWS ^ | September 9, 2014 | Chris Hayes,
    A St. Louis County judge has just denied the release of Michael Brown’s juvenile court records. The St. Louis Post Dispatch and an internet news site called GotNews.com asked for the release of records. In a hearing last week, a juvenile court officer said Brown had no serious felony convictions that would be public. Attorneys for the Post-Dispatch and Gotnews – continued to ask the judge for other records that would not be considered a “super-crime.”
  • Michael Brown’s size does not matter

    09/08/2014 12:38:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | September 7, 2014 | Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist
    We’ve now moved to a new stage of the racist reaction to the police killing of Michael Brown: the largely overt assertion that he deserved to be killed. In the immediate aftermath of Brown, though unarmed, being shot “multiple times” after being stopped while walking in the middle of the street, the “ballad” being played in some quarters went like this: we don’t know all the facts so we shouldn’t rush to judgment. But, once the Ferguson police released the video of Michael Brown purportedly snatching a box of cigars from the convenience store and intimidating its clerk, that advice...
  • In atypical approach, grand jury in Ferguson shooting receives full measure of case

    09/07/2014 3:32:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 7, 2014 | Kimberly Kindy and Carol D. Leonnig
    The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is taking an unusual approach with grand jury members who are weighing evidence against the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last month, experts and county officials said. Instead of telling grand jury members what charges they believe police officer Darren Wilson should face, they are leaving it open-ended for now and involving the grand jury as co-investigators. The prosecutor’s office is also presenting evidence to the grand jury as soon as it receives it, rather than waiting until the St. Louis County Police Department and the FBI have completed their...
  • Something is rotten in America

    09/07/2014 6:25:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/2014 | David Lawrence
    Obama is rotten in America. He has caused the country to go from the class of Audrey Hepburn to the clumsiness of Anna Nicole Smith. He needs a triple-E bra to contain his ego. He was supposed to unite red and blue, white and black. Instead he has made divisiveness his specialty. There is no coordination between his speeches and their pragmatic realities. People rioted in Ferguson, Missouri over criminal Michael Brown’s death. Obama did not defuse the rampant hatred.
  • 6 dead in St. Louis shootings

    09/07/2014 12:17:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 6, 2014
    Six people are dead after a violent 24-hour period in St. Louis. Police say it is unclear if any of the shootings are related. It began Thursday afternoon when two men wearing ski masks targeted a car on the city's north side. Instead, they hit innocent bystanders, killing a man in his 50s.