Missouri Politics & Government Online Community
The decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for his role in the shooting death of Michael Brown shines a spotlight on the flawed criminal justice system that we have set up in this country. An unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer and that officer will never see the inside of a criminal courtroom.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that he has ordered the Highway Patrol to take over all security and police operations in the town of Ferguson, Missouri after the local and country police force proved unable to properly handle the ongoing protests over the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who lived in the town.
The federal government was expected to file a civil-rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. The lawsuit was confirmed by a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not yet been made.
It was meant to be a joke, but to black students at the University of Missouri it was something they couldn't ignore. Four months after the shooting death of Michael Brown a local club gave out wristbands reading, "Hands Up, Pants Up" -- a mocking reference to the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" movement that represented a call for action in the wake of Brown's death.
The University of Missouri's president announced he would step down on Monday after protests by the school's football team and other students over what they saw as his soft handling of reports of racial abuse on campus. The high-profile resignation was the latest shock to the state of Missouri, and the United States at large, which has been roiled for the past year or so by racial tensions after police shot and killed an unarmed young black man in the state.
It was August 7, 2012, and I was standing in my hotel room in Kansas City about to shotgun a beer for the first time in my life. I had just made the biggest gamble of my political career—a $1.7 million gamble—and it had paid off. Running for reelection to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Missouri, I had successfully manipulated the Republican primary so that in the general election I would face the candidate I was most likely to beat. And this is how I had promised my daughters we would celebrate.
Protesters regrouped in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday evening after a state of emergency was declared, aimed at preventing a repeat of violence the night before on the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black man. Protesters, some waving flags, beating drums, and shouting anti-police slogans, assembled on a street near the site where Michael Brown, a black teenager, was shot dead by white officer Darren Wilson a year ago and ignited a national firestorm on race relations.
Police in St. Louis arrested more than 50 protesters who were demanding the dissolution of the police department in Ferguson, Missouri. Among those detained at rallies to commemorate a year since the death of Michael Brown were prominent members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Marches, prayers and a moment of silence are planned on Sunday in Ferguson, Missouri, to mark a year since an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer, sparking large protests and a national debate on race and justice. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, thrust this mostly black St. Louis suburb into the national spotlight and sparked months of protests, including incidents of rioting and arson. But it also gave life to a new movement under the "Black Lives Matter" banner, and spawned demonstrators determined to push for better treatment of minorities by police.
A year after Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., sparking weeks of often violent protests in the city, the country is still struggling to deal with the issues the shooting, and others like it, have brought to the fore. In an interview at the White House with President Obama, part of which is being broadcast today, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep asked whether political considerations in his first term prevented the first black president from properly addressing the race issue.
Videos on Missouri