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  • Michael Brown’s Family to File Civil Suit Against the City of Ferguson

    04/23/2015 6:17:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    CSB Local ^ | 04-23-2015 | Brian Kelly
    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The family of Michael Brown announced they will file a civil suit against the City of Ferguson. They will claim wrongful death of Michael Brown Jr. Members of the Brown legal team plan a press conference Thursday at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton. Attorneys Benjamin Crump, Anthony Gray and Daryl Parks said they would have no statement before the press conference. The attorneys said six weeks ago, that while a county grand jury and the Justice Department accepted Wilson’s claim of self-defense, “We do not accept his self-defense” One of the attorney’s says the...
  • Civil lawsuit set to be filed in Michael Brown’s death

    04/23/2015 12:34:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 1:38 AM EDT
    Lawyers for the parents of an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they plan to file a civil lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown announced their plans in a statement Wednesday night. […] Attorneys said at the time that the lawsuit would also name former Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown. The statement Wednesday did not mention Wilson, and a spokesman for the law firm said he could not provide any additional information about the lawsuit. …
  • Officers, city officials resign after new mayor elected (Parma MO; female black mayor)

    04/21/2015 3:23:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    KFVS, CBS 12, Cape Girardeau MO ^ | Apr 21, 2015 1:10 PM EDT | Allison Twaits
    Voters in Parma, Missouri voted in their first African-American female mayor. Tyus Byrd will be sworn in as mayor on Tuesday evening, April 14, at the Parma Community Building. According to Mayor Randall Ramsey, five out of six police officers resigned this week, effectively immediately. Mayor Ramsey said the clerk and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also turned in resignation letters citing “safety concerns.” …
  • Police: Man killed by officers in St. Louis County spoke of ‘black revolution’

    04/19/2015 10:21:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Police in St. Louis County are handling an officer-involving shooting that happened Friday night in Jennings, Mo., and left one person dead. The deceased was identified as Thaddeus McCarroll, 23, of Jennings, who according to police had been acting in a strange manner and spoke of a “black revolution.” St. Louis County Police Department gave the following account of the shooting: At 9:21 p.m., officers from the St. Louis County Police Department's City of Jennings Precinct responded to a residence in the 9200 block of Riverwood Drive for an armed subject. Officers responded and contacted the owner of the residence...
  • Ferguson Elects 2 Blacks to City Council, but Rejects Activist Candidates

    04/07/2015 10:44:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 8 replies
    nytimes ^ | April 7, 2015 | JOHN ELIGON
    FERGUSON, Mo. — In the first municipal election here since a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer last year, voters elected two black candidates to the City Council on Tuesday, increasing the number of African-Americans on the governing body to three. But in a blow to the protesters who had pushed for sweeping changes to the city’s law enforcement and judicial policies after the shooting last August, voters rejected several candidates who had the direct backing of protest activists. The results would seem to suggest a smoother road for the current Council as it will...
  • Missouri city repeals protection for gays against bias (Springfield)

    04/07/2015 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2015 10:52 PM EDT
    Voters in Missouri’s third largest city of Springfield voted Tuesday to repeal an ordinance that provided protection against discrimination in housing and hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Unofficial final results showed that repeal of the ordinance passed with 51.4 percent of the vote. […] Opponents of the nondiscrimination ordinance have said it violates their freedoms by preventing them from operating a business according to their religious beliefs. Others have said that sexual predators would be allowed to use women's restrooms and have questioned whether discrimination against gay and lesbian residents actually occurs. …
  • US Senator Claire McCaskill Rips Duke University For 'One and Done' Collegiate Basketball Players

    04/07/2015 11:35:03 AM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    Brietbart News ^ | 7 Apr 2015 | by WILLIAM BIGELOW
    After Duke University won the men’s NCAA basketball tournament Monday night, Senator Claire McCaskill weighed-in on Twitter. Congrats to Duke,but I was rooting for team who had stars that are actually going to college & not just doing semester tryout for NBA. — Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) April 7, 2015 McCaskill’s snide remark implicitly slammed Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, who is leaving after his freshman year to turn pro, and other Duke freshman who may not return for their sophomore seasons. Duke has gained a reputation as a school where players complete their education before turning pro. According to statistics compiled by...
  • Missouri to Change Food Stamp Policy: Welfare Leeches Won’t Like it One Bit

    04/07/2015 7:42:59 AM PDT · by safetysign · 90 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 04/06/2015 | BARON VON KOWENHOVEN
    re you sick of seeing “welfare leeches” in the grocery checkout line with carts stuffed full of junk food snacks, soda and even porterhouse steaks and crab legs? So is Missouri House Rep. Rick Brattin, who has begun pushing for legislation prohibiting welfare abusers from buying foods that most hard-working Americans can’t always afford. After Brattin heard a food stamp recipient say, “This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing,” he knew something needed to be addressed. “The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original...
  • Ferguson Set for First Elections in Wake of Unrest

    04/07/2015 7:18:04 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2015 | Ben Kesling
    Voters in Ferguson, Mo., head to the polls Tuesday for the first municipal election since a fatal police shooting last year led to weeks of unrest in the St. Louis suburb and exposed deep divisions between the city’s largely white police and government and its majority-black population. The election for half of the city council’s six seats could shift the body’s racial makeup. About 67% of the city’s 21,111 residents are black, according to 2013 Census estimates, but the council has just one African-American member. Ferguson’s mayor, who is a council member at large, is also white. [..]
  • Here They Are=> The Offensive & Racist Ferguson Emails – Released today by the DOJ

    04/04/2015 6:35:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 4/3/15 | Jim Hoft
    The Holder DOJ released 14 pages of racist or offensive emails they collected during their multi-year investigation of the Ferguson police department. Here is one email:
  • ('national hero') De Blasio Dips Toe Into Presidential Politics With Meeting of Liberals

    04/05/2015 11:02:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    DNA info ^ | 4/03/15 | Jeff Mays
    Pic - Mayor Bill de Blasio, at Gracie Mansion with First Lady Chirlane McCray, activist Van Jones, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, plans to dip his toe into presidential politics with the launch of a push for income inequality to become a central issue of the 2016 national elections. "All of this is focused on the notion that we are not having a discussion on income inequality in this country and we are not having that discussion at our peril." GRACIE MANSION — Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supporters describe as a "national hero" among progressives, has dipped his his...
  • Ferguson: Residents can end `taxation by citation’ and `strobe-light lynching’ Tuesday

    04/05/2015 9:58:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | April 5, 2015 | BY STEVE KRASKE
    Emanuel Cleaver says he gets it. Years of heavy-handed police tactics in Ferguson — like the issuing of lots of petty traffic citations aimed more at boosting the city budget than keeping the streets safe — have beaten down the citizenry of Ferguson. Cleaver, a Democratic congressman from Kansas City, called it “taxation by citation” and “strobe-light lynching.” Citizens have tuned out of the election process as a result, Cleaver said during a visit to the troubled city Saturday as part of a delegation from the Congressional Black Caucus. The visit was aimed at boosting turnout in Tuesday’s municipal elections,...
  • Missouri Republicans are trying to ban food stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood

    04/03/2015 11:04:07 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 194 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/03/2015 | By Roberto A. Ferdman
    In 2013, Fox News proudly broadcast an interview with a young food stamp recipient who claimed to be using the government benefit to purchase lobster and sushi."This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing," Greenslate explained to Fox. “It’s free food; it’s awesome."That story fit a longtime conservative suspicion that poor people use food stamps to purchase luxury items. Now, a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri is pushing for legislation that would stop people like Greenslate and severely limit what food stamp recipients can buy. The bill being proposed would ban the purchase with food stamps...
  • The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store

    04/02/2015 5:37:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 151 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-1-15 | Jeanine Grant Lister
    Anger toward those living below the poverty line seems to only be increasing. Maine and Missouri have proposed bills limiting residents’ food choices if they use SNAP. Missouri House Bill 813 would bar the state’s 930,000 food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy cookies, chips, soda, energy drinks, steak and seafood. (The legislature also implemented mandatory drug testing for TANF applicants in 2011.) If the bill becomes law, a Missourian can’t buy a can of tuna with an EBT card. Tortilla chips to go with salsa? Nope. Flank steak — tough, stringy and the only cut of beef...
  • Black Panther Party members face new Ferguson bomb charges

    04/02/2015 11:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    KTVI-TV ^ | April 2, 2015 | Staff
    Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin(VIDEO-AT-LINK)ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Two members of the New Black Panther Party face felony charges for conspiracy to use explosives to damage property during the Ferguson protests. The Department of Justice says Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin wanted to use the explosives against people, buildings, vehicles and property. They say Davis and Baldwin also made an illegal firearms purchase at a Hazelwood Cabela’s store. If convicted they face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
  • No hate crime charges in St. Louis (black-on-white) beating

    04/01/2015 6:51:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    CNN via 4029TV.com ^ | 04/01/2015 | Ed Payne and Ralph Ellis
    (CNN) —There will be no hate crime charges for two males arrested in the beating of a man that may have been sparked by a question about the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. St. Louis police have charged Ronald Williams, 21, with assault. A 15-year-old has also been arrested, according to authorities. There had been speculation that the suspects might be charged with a hate crime because the victim was white and the people who attacked him were black. And because the punches were thrown following the Michael Brown reference.But that won't be happening.
  • Engineer wants to turn dumb pavement into a smart I70

    03/31/2015 10:13:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Ledger-Enquirer ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rick Montgomery (Kansas City Star)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The following is about infrastructure. Don't nod off just yet. To be specific, it's about pavement — basic, boring road surface. In the six decades since Interstate 70 began to creep across Missouri, how we view pavement hasn't changed much. Now meet Tim Sylvester, 33. He sees pavement as an electronic tablet with a concrete touch screen, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1MWYIxn) reports.
  • The Left Repeats "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Tactic on the State of Indiana

    03/30/2015 6:21:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to go to Indiana and discuss this supposedly controversial Indiana religious freedom law. It's made to order for the modern-day Drive-By Media. On Saturday and Sunday, ABC, CBS, NBC -- virtually every mainstream media organization -- condemned a new law in Indiana that would protect private businesses from government infringement on their religious freedom. What this means is that the Obama administration wants to do away -- and the media is assisting -- with the whole notion of free markets, the Constitution, and the freedom of religion clause. The administration wants the power to mandate...
  • Social Justice: Looted Ferguson Convenience Store to Become Job Training Center

    03/16/2015 4:42:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A 20-year-old guy has been charged with shooting a couple of officers, the two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and the claim is he wasn't aiming at the cops. It just happened. If you read the AP story on this, you have to go to the end of the story to find out his race. They do not make that prominent, but he is African-American. The shooter, the two cops in Ferguson, is indeed African-American. Get this. "A Ferguson convenience store that was looted and burned after the fatal shooting of [the Gentle Giant] will be rebuilt as a...
  • Liberal Hate Tweets: Obama Regime Economist and New Daily Show Host

    03/31/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: An economist at the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics -- this is an Obama administration official -- is undergoing a review after she apparently sent out a tweet claiming that Christians vote for Nazis. Economist Elizabeth Ashack's Twitter account, sometime over the weekend, appeared to tweet out, "People in the red states vote for Nazis to govern and then call themselves Christian. It will not end well for them." And then she includes the hashtag #BoycottIndiana. They captured the screen shot of the tweet. It was captured by somebody called SooperMexican.com, S-o-o-p-e-r. Now, the tweet obviously is a...
  • Breaking news that will never be reported

    03/15/2015 8:04:58 PM PDT · by ferg flute · 123 replies
    There is a pro-Ferguson rally happening in front of the Police Station. Franklin Graham Ministries, which has parked their van where the protesters had been, watched a peaceful pro-Ferguson rally last night.
  • Missouri political spokesman kills self one month after boss...

    03/30/2015 6:32:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | 03-30-2015 | BY Sasha Goldstein
    A top Missouri Republican spokesman killed himself over the weekend just four weeks after his boss, the frontrunner to nab the GOP nomination for governor, also committed suicide. Spence Jackson served as media director for state auditor Tom Schweich, who shot himself on Feb. 26 at his Clayton, Mo., home. Jackson, 44, took a sick day Friday and was found dead Sunday at his Jefferson City apartment, sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s unclear how he died.
  • Question about Michael Brown leads to beating

    03/29/2015 9:56:11 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/29/15 | Ben Brumfield
    When one man sat down next to a second man in a St. Louis light rail car and asked him his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown, it was not the beginning of a discussion. It was the start of an assault, police said. The second man, who was white, didn't want to answer the question. Then the first man, who was black, boxed him in the face. Two more African-American men joined in the beating, according to a police report about Monday's incident. It was caught on surveillance cameras on the MetroLink train and a passenger recorded it...
  • Black legislator accuses white colleague’s toddler of racism

    03/28/2015 7:49:11 PM PDT · by Baynative · 59 replies
    American Mirror ^ | 3/27/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    During a heated debate over an Indiana “religious freedom” bill, a Democratic representative took the opportunity to accuse the child of one of her colleagues of racism. The child is an 18-month-old toddler. “I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scared of me because of my color and that’s horrible,” Summers said, to groans. “It’s true,” she insisted. She urged McMillin to “introduce your child to some people of color so that he won’t live his life as a prejudiced person.”
  • Video Captures Violent Attack on St. Louis Train That Began After Michael Brown Question

    03/28/2015 8:44:24 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 64 replies
    WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS IMAGES AND LANGUAGE THAT MAY OFFEND SOME VIEWERS. When one man sat down next to a second man in a St. Louis light rail car late Monday and asked him his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown, it was not the beginning of a discussion. It was the start of an assault, police said. The second man, who was white, didn’t want to answer the question. Then the first man, who was black, boxed him in the face. Two more African-American men joined in the beating, according to a police report.
  • 54-Pound, 7-Year-Old Girl Sent Home from School with a Note Saying Her BMI Is Too High

    03/28/2015 4:33:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | march 27, 2015 | rick moran
    Kylee Moss, a 7-year-old-girl from Belton, Missouri, was sent home from school with a note to her mother saying that the 54-pound child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) was too high. Aside from the idiocy of using a discredited measurement for body fat, what are these administrators thinking? Obviously, they’re not. If they had two working brain cells, they would take one look at this kid and realize the stupidity of believing their “measurements.”
  • Mike Brown question sparks MetroLink beating caught on video

    03/27/2015 5:47:53 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    http://fox2now.com ^ | march 27, 2015 | joe millitzer
    A MetroLink beating captured on video is now lighting up social media in St. Louis.  Viewers sent the video to FOX 2 on Twitter and Facebook pages looking for answers.  Police say the beating happened on Monday evening at 9:54pm.  The victim, a 43-year-old white male,  tells investigators that a question about Mike Brown sparked the incident. -snip He told investigators that he was seated on the train when he was approached from behind.  The man in the red hat and shirt asked for his cell phone.  The victim refused. The suspect in the red hat then asked the seated man what he thought...
  • Former Cardinals player punched at St. Louis County gas station after racial slur

    03/27/2015 1:24:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 3/27/15 | Christine Byers
    Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford said Thursday he may move away from the St. Louis area in disgust after being punched in an allegedly unprovoked, race-related attack at a gas station. “I’m going to let the authorities handle this situation, but I’ve had enough of St. Louis,” Ford said in a phone interview Thursday. “You hear about this kind of stuff happening, and I always knew it existed because of my previous experience working here in St. Louis, but you try to keep away from it, and there is just no way you can do that unless you stay inside...
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • Kansas House Passes Constitutional Carry (Vanity)

    03/25/2015 4:09:40 PM PDT · by demshateGod · 10 replies
    Kansas Legistlature ^ | 3.25.2015 | Me
    Kansas House just passed Senate Bill 45 "authorizing the carrying of concealed handguns without a license under the personal and family protection act." Several Republicans voted against it. Here they are. John Barker Email:johnbarker2012@yahoo.com Barbara Bollier Email:barbarabollier@gmail.com Stephanie Clayton Email:stephaniesawyerclayton@gmail.com Diana Dierks Email:dierks@salinahomes.com Linda Gallagher Email:LJGallagher@kc.rr.com Don Hill Email:donhill70@hotmail.com Mike Kiegerl Email:jus4smk@aol.com Marvin Kleeb Email:marvin@marvinkleeb.com Peggy Mast - Speaker Pro Tem Email:pmast@me.com Tom Moxley Email:tmoxley@tctelco.net Tom Phillips Email:tphillips3@cox.net Melissa Rooker melissa@melissarooker.com Don Schroeder dnjschroeder@gmail.com Tom Sloan Email:glsloan_ks@yahoo.com Charles Smith Email:chuck.smith@house.ks.gov Susie Swanson svswan@twinvalley.net Let's hope Brownback signs it.
  • Ferguson interim police chief fed up with how protesters treat officers

    03/25/2015 1:26:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Independet Journal Review ^ | 03/25/2015 | ROCHE MADDEN
    The interim Ferguson Police chief Tuesday said he was fed up with the way his officers, especially his African-American cops are being treated by protesters. He said black officers in Ferguson, as well as others who helped in the community in recent months, have been targeted for attack by protesters more that white cops are.
  • Sheriff's department investigates stolen camels, cows

    03/25/2015 12:08:08 PM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 13 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | 03/25/15 | ALAN BURDZIAK
    Livestock thefts happen on occasion in Boone County, but the latest incident has branched into uncharted territory for sheriff’s investigators: Detectives are working to figure out who stole two double-hump camels Monday along with two Black Angus cows. Boone County sheriff’s Detective Tom O’Sullivan said....While cattle theft is not unheard of ... the department is working to figure out why someone would steal two 9-foot-tall camels and where they would possibly take them.
  • Missouri School Lists Runaway As Homeless Despite Him Having Loving Home, Collects Federal Money

    03/25/2015 10:41:16 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 18 replies
    The Missouri Torch ^ | March 25, 2015 | Duane Lester
    When Deanna Sporleder's 17 year-old son announced he was spending the night at his 16 year-old girlfriend's house, her home life turned upside down, and part of it was subsidized by federal grants to the local school.Deanna and her husband were against their son leaving home and moving in with his teen girlfriend, but the girl's parents consented and the local law enforcement, both county and city, told Deanna that at seventeen, her son could move out and they had no power to stop him. A few months later, she while signing her other children up for school, she asked...
  • Ferguson Remembered, New York Less So

    03/24/2015 7:09:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Universities are still trying to make a teachable moment out of the tragedy which occurred in Ferguson, Missouri last summer but considerably less so of the death of sidewalk vendor Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD that also occurred last year. “Catholic University law professor Clifford Fishman is using the cases to teach the pros and cons of grand juries,” Lisa Grace Lednicer reported in The Washington Post magazine on February 22, 2015.” Last semester, he argued in class that the grand jury perhaps was right to not indict the officer who killed [Michael] Brown, but wrong to...
  • Ferguson Shooting Suspect Confessed on Hidden Camera, Warrant Reveals

    03/23/2015 5:41:55 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Monday, March 23, 2015 | Jason Sickles
    A confidential informant wearing a hidden video camera recorded accused gunman Jeffrey L. Williams admitting that he fired the shots that seriously wounded two police officers during a recent demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., according to search warrants obtained by Yahoo News. Williams was arrested March 15 and charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action. An officer from the St. Louis County Police Department was struck in the shoulder. A member of the nearby Webster Groves Police Department was hit below his right eye. Both...
  • Many Conservatives are Blowing it on the Ferguson DOJ Report

    03/23/2015 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Kaled · 27 replies
    Red State ^ | 03-15-2015 | Leon H. Wolf
    I took the time over the weekend to read the entirety of the 102-page Department of Justice report on the Ferguson PD ("FPD"). I cannot recommend highly enough that you do the same. During the course of this reading, I intentionally read it with as jaundiced of an eye towards the Department of Justice as possible. I intentionally disregarded all commentary regarding what the DOJ investigators reported that they saw, and also all of their reported interviews of the citizens of Ferguson and FPD officers. I decided to say to myself, let's assume that everything DOJ says is a lie,...
  • ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson

    03/22/2015 7:54:38 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 27 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/22/2015 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    This phrase became a rallying cry for Ferguson residents, who took to the streets to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. Witness accounts spread after the shooting that Brown had his hands raised in surrender, mouthing the words “Don’t shoot” as his last words before being shot execution-style. The gesture of raised hands became a symbol of outrage over mistreatment of unarmed black youth by police. That narrative was called into question when a St. Louis County grand jury could not confirm those testimonies. And a recently released Department of Justice...
  • Why Is There No Starbucks Coffee House in Selma? [or Ferguson, or many other black cities]

    03/19/2015 7:46:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 69 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    Starbucks executive Corey duBrowa recently deleted his twitter account, after what he said were abusive comments as a result of his push for a campaign in which his baristas were to engage with customers about race relations. "I was personally attacked through my Twitter account around midnight last night and the tweets represented a distraction from the respectful conversation we are trying to start around Race Together," duBrowa said. "I’ll be back on Twitter soon." But the whole point of the conversations he promoted, was to get people talking about what is uncomfortable, and controversial. It seems childish to delete...
  • Pic: #Ferguson looters carry stolen big screen TV from Aaron's rental center

    11/25/2014 12:09:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 24, 2014
    Pic: #Ferguson looters carry stolen big screen TV from Aaron's rental center
  • 6-year-old heart patient's shooting death rattles St. Louis

    03/19/2015 6:18:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/1915 | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
    Marcus Johnson Jr.'s parents figured a sunny day at a city park was just what their son, a 6-year-old kindergartner, needed while recovering from heart surgery the previous week and a doctor's visit that same day. Instead, the family will bury Marcus on Thursday after the child was shot in the chest and killed in an attack his mother and father said stemmed from a traffic dispute. The boy's 15-year-old brother and a 69-year-old family friend were also wounded by the occupants of a car who shot at the family's minivan as it left O'Fallon Park on the city's north...
  • Ferguson shooting suspect gave false confession, lawyer says

    03/17/2015 9:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jason Sickles
    The suspect charged with shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., last week is now recanting a confession that he was the gunman, his lawyer told Yahoo News on Tuesday. “He told me that he never fired a weapon,” said Jerryl T. Christmas, attorney for Jeffrey Williams. Christmas said Williams, 20, was scared and in a “tremendous amount of pain,” having allegedly been pistol-whipped before being questioned by detectives. “I think under those circumstances he would have said anything,” Christmas said. “Anytime someone is questioned without counsel and then I see that kind of bruising, then I'm...
  • Missouri Executes Cecil Clayton, Cop Killer Missing Part of Brain

    03/17/2015 9:02:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 212 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tracy Connor
    Missouri cop killer Cecil Clayton was executed Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he should be spared because he was missing a piece of his brain. Clayton, who at 74 was the state's oldest death-row prisoner, was pronounced dead at 9:21 pm CT, eight minutes after his lethal injection was administered, prison officials said in a statement. "They brought me up here to execute me," he said in his final statement. Clayton was convicted of murdering sheriff's deputy Chris Castetter after a domestic disturbance in 1996. His case drew extra attention because of his brain injury, the...
  • Missouri LT governor: ‘There is more racism in the Justice Department’ than in the St. Louis area

    03/17/2015 12:24:04 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 March 2015 | By Dylan Stable
    Missouri’s lieutenant governor lashed out at the Justice Department on Monday, accusing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration of racism in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson last year. “There is more racism in the Justice Department than there is in anywhere I see in the St. Louis area,” Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said in an interview with NewsMaxTV Monday. “We are making progress. We’ve come an enormous way in 50 years. That’s not to say we don’t have still have more to do. But it is...
  • Race Baiting And Ferguson

    03/17/2015 10:50:11 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 14 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Richard A. Epstein
    The most recent news from Ferguson concerns what Eric Holder has rightly called the “ambush shooting” of two police officers outside the city’s police department. This incident occurred in the wake of two detailed reports released by the Department of Justice. The first report deals in depth with the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The report recommended that the case against him be closed. The second DOJ report contained a scathing indictment of the sad state of affairs within the entire criminal justice system of Ferguson. The combined effect of these two reports is likely...
  • Pastor Claims Ferguson Shooting Suspect ‘Set Up’ By Police

    03/16/2015 6:56:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)FERGUSON, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — A man charged in the shooting of two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson told investigators he was not targeting law enforcement and had been aiming for someone with whom he was in dispute. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he believed the 20-year-old suspect attended last week’s protest before the shooting happened. Activists said Jeffrey Williams was not a consistent fixture in their tight-knit group. “We’re not sure we completely buy that part of it,” McCulloch said of Williams’ contention that he did not fire at the officers....
  • Ferguson home values are plummeting, and residents are feeling the pain

    03/16/2015 1:26:08 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 16, 2015 | Daniel Rivero
    Peering outside the office window of his tire shop, John Zisser grumbles about the pile of burnt rubble that lies on the opposite corner of a busy intersection. “If you come here to my shop and you see that,” he says, as gestures out the window, “is that going to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling like you want to come back here to do business?” “Short answer: no, no it’s not,” he says.
  • Muslim students protest campus screening of ‘American Sniper’

    03/16/2015 8:01:16 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 56 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 3/16/15 | Jennifer Kabbany
    Some Muslim students at the University of Missouri protested an upcoming campus screening of “American Sniper” and clamored to have the film’s debut there canceled. At the heart of the controversy is a Muslim student activist who declared showing the film on campus would make her feel “unsafe” and demanded an “apology and explanation” as to how and why the movie was even selected for Mizzou audiences. The uproar was taken quite seriously, and prompted the student government to conduct a meeting to determine whether the flick should be shown. “This film is blatant racist, colonialist propaganda that should not...
  • MO LT GOVERNOR: HOLDER INCITED MOB MANY TIMES

    03/15/2015 11:48:14 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 15, 2015 | By Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s News HQ,” Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R-MO) said Attorney General Eric Holder “on many occasions” seemed to “be inciting the mob.” Kinder said, “He is sounding the right notes today, this afternoon. I just wish he had been more judicious and measured in his comments since the August 9. Because Mr. Holder came in and seemed on many occasions to be inciting the mob. He seemed to be putting his weight on the one side of the scales of justice and not backing up law enforcement. And if he is now, you know, backing...
  • Letter: Shooting of cops in Ferguson wasn't shocking, and that's troubling (Groan)

    03/15/2015 9:47:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | Justin Askins
    There is no defense for the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri ("2 Ferguson police officers shot in protest outside station," March 13 news story). It was a cowardly act and the perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law. However, even more problematic to me is that the event wasn’t shocking. With our culture of gun violence and regular shootings of young black males, only someone who has no understanding of America could be genuinely shocked. Blacks have come far — we can celebrate a black president and attorney general — but racism is...
  • What next for Black Lives Matter in Ferguson after city's police shooting? ("Impartial")

    03/15/2015 6:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | March 13, 2015 | Steven W. Thrasher in Ferguson
    On Thursday night, the scene outside of the Ferguson police department was remarkably calm, given two police officers had been shot from hundreds of feet away 24 hours earlier. The police milled about outside without wearing riot gear (though heavily armored cops were waiting inside an adjacent building), and the protesters chanted, marched and yelled confidently, even as they occupied an ominous space between police officers who had repeatedly abused them and a sniper at large who could have had a sight pointed at their backs. But there was no need to protest any differently or give in to fear,...