Riots in Ferguson, Missouri after police shoot Michael Brown

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    Sergeant's firing for sleeping with witness in Goforth case upheld by civil service commission

    The Harris County Sheriff's Civil Service Commission on Thursday upheld the termination of a veteran homicide sergeant who admitted having sex with a witness in the slaying last year of fellow Deputy Darren Goforth, rejecting his remorseful request for a lesser sanction.

    A three-member commission panel took just 15 minutes to unanimously back former Sgt. Craig Clopton's firing after the detective testified during a 21/2-hour hearing that he was off duty when he had sex with the witness two weeks after Goforth was gunned down during an unprovoked attack at a gas station.

    Clopton, a 24-year veteran, expressed remorse and acknowledged bad judgment but testified that he was off duty at the time he had sex with the witness.

    "I should be punished for that, but not to the level of ending my career," he said, adding that he was willing to accept any punishment the commission deemed appropriate.

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    Alderman Antonio French releases Ferguson film on 2nd anniversary of Michael Brown's death

    By Koran Addo, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    City Alderman Antonio French released a film via Twitter on Tuesday chronicling the protests that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown two years ago.

    The film clocks in at 48 minutes long. It is made up entirely of short video clips taken by French while in Ferguson.

    Early in the film, protesters line the sidewalks of the Canfield Apartments in Ferguson with their hands up, while a number of law enforcement officers watch from the street.

    In the clip, one officer restrains a police dog, a scene that elicited memories from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

    In other scenes, French captured helicopters flying overhead, police in riot gear marching in formation and protesters yelling obscenities at them.

    Other portions of the video show a man damaging a bus stop with a a large trash can, police driving armored vehicles down West Florissant Avenue and a street filling up with smoke from tear gas canisters.

    Many of the scenes show images of young people with signs and cameras standing face-to-face with police carrying guns and shields. Many of those scenes shared by Twitter two years ago helped propel Ferguson into the American consciousness as a symbol for broken police-community relations.

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    Police killings since Ferguson, in one map

    Police have shot and killed at least 2,075 people since Ferguson

    Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and Walter Scott are just three of at least 2,075 people killed by police since August 9, 2014, the day of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Fatal Encounters, a nonprofit, has tracked these killings by collecting reports from the media, public, and law enforcement and verifying them through news reports. Some of the data is incomplete, with details about a victim’s race, age, and other factors sometimes missing. It also includes killings that were potentially legally justified, and is likely missing some killings entirely.

    Vox’s Soo Oh created an interactive map with data from Fatal Encounters. It shows some of the killings by law enforcement since the Brown shooting.

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    Al-Jazeera reporters file lawsuit claiming mistreatment by St. Charles County officers during Ferguson riots | St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    Three Al-Jareeza America journalists filed suit Monday against St. Charles County and three police officers, claiming personal injury and violations of their constitutional rights during the 2014 Ferguson riots.

    The suit by Ash-har Qurashi, Marla Cichowski and Sam Winslade in U.S. District Court in St. Louis names St. Charles County, Deputy Michael Anderson of the St. Charles Regional SWAT Team and two unidentified police officers as defendants.

    The reporters claim Anderson tear-gassed them, and allege that police officers shot at them more than once, dismantled their equipment, ordered them to leave the scene of protests and ultimately tried to cover up their behavior.

    The reporters claim the actions toward them were unwarranted. They seek payment of unspecified actual and punitive damages and expenses.

    St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann said Monday he thinks the SWAT team, "acted professionally from beginning to end."

    "This (lawsuit) is something we are going to pursue aggressively. We want to totally clear our guys of any suspicion they did anything wrong," he said.


    The suit identifies Quraishi as a field producer who graduated from the University of Missouri, Cichowski as a former national Fox News field producer and Winslade as an Emmy award winner from New Zealand. It cites incidents occurring Aug. 13, 2014, in the 1300 block of Highmont Drive.

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    After Decades of Segregation, Anger Boils Over in Milwaukee | Reuters


    For Randy Jones, a community activist in the Milwaukee district of Sherman Park, the rioting that took place in his neighborhood over the weekend was inevitable.

    By most any socioeconomic measure, Milwaukee's majority black neighborhoods lag far behind the white, a trend that has grown more acute since the deindustrialization of the 1980s.

    So when police shot dead an armed black man after stopping his car for "suspicious activity," tempers ran out of control and parts of the city burned.

    Gunfire erupted on Saturday and Sunday nights. Protesters hurled bottles and bricks, torched businesses, and damaged squad cars. At least eight officers have been injured and more than 30 people arrested.

    "When you hold a person down so long, they are eventually going to fight back," said Jones, who recently ran for election to the city government but lost. "It was going to happen eventually, it was just a matter of when."

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    Prominent digital journalist pulls out of Milwaukee: 'For those who are perceivably white, it is just not safe to be here'


    A well-known journalist who frequently covers civil unrest across the country has decided to leave Milwaukee because of "racial tensions" that he observed while covering protests on Sunday night.

    "For those who are perceivably white, it is just not safe to be here," Tim Pool said in a YouTube video on Monday.

    Protests in Milwaukee first erupted over the weekend, after a police officer fatally shot an armed black man on Saturday.

    Pool is among several journalists covering the uprising to express concern for his safety over the weekend after the protests turned violent.

    He said during Sunday's protests that he heard members of the crowd yell comments such as "Fuck white people" and "What are these white people doing here?" and observed one reporter being grabbed and another being hit in the head by a protester who then attempted to incite others to attack the reporters.

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    Ferguson’s 'Debtors Prison’ Racket Has Been Reined In. Now Its Police Force May Be Falling Apart.

    By Mariah Stewart, The Huffington Post


    The head of Ferguson’s police dispatch tendered her resignation in a turbulent city council meeting this week, telling city officials that budgeting and staffing constraints have made it impossible to do her job.

    Shannon Dandridge, who worked for dispatch for 13 years, cried as she read from a letter she had submitted at the time of her Aug. 10 departure. She said that her office is understaffed and undertrained. Dispatchers aren’t getting breaks, which is leading to fatigue and creating a potentially dangerous situation, she added.

    “Mistakes are going to happen, someone is going to get hurt, whether a citizen or officer,” she said. “I don’t feel at this point we can properly staff the dispatch center to keep the community and officers safe. Something needs to be done immediately. After over 26 years working in law enforcement I’ve never seen such a disconnect between a city and its police department.”

    Dandridge said budget cuts have decimated staff, reducing her office from seven full-time dispatchers and 10 part-time dispatchers to five full-time dispatchers and an “unlimited” amount of part-timers ― who need training and don’t have the benefits of a full position.

    Ferguson employees say what’s happening in the dispatch office is indicative of budget and hiring problems across the police force. Shortly after the August 2014 police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, the U.S. Department of Justice began an investigation into the Ferguson police that exposed numerous faults, including that it targeted residents ― mostly black ― with tickets and other municipal fines to increase revenue for the city. “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices,” the report said, “are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs.”

    Several officials resigned in the wake of the report, including the police chief, city manager, city prosecutor, city clerks, municipal judge and police officers. In a step toward reform, city officials reached an agreement with the Justice Department that, among other things, requires the city to reform its municipal enforcement practices. But the police force has been decimated in the meantime, due to the resignation of numerous staff and budget cuts resulting from an inability to fill the gap in revenue the city used to bring in from all those municipal fines.

    When the DOJ investigation began, there were 54 officers on the force. By May 2015, that number was down to 43, police spokesman Jeff Small told The St. Louis American. They were down to 41 officers as of mid-July, Small told The Huffington Post this week, which was the most recent tally of officers the city could provide. Former city workers said they think the number is actually more like 36 officers at this point.

    HuffPost asked a Ferguson spokesperson for updated figures on how many officers are currently on staff, and about why they have lost so many officers. The spokesman pointed to an op-ed from the police chief that was addressed to the community. “Although we are working with laser focus on the future, the responsibilities of the [Ferguson Police Department] to keep the public safe have greatly expanded,” wrote Moss. “The heavy workload comes amid budgetary constraints and high levels of attrition leaving fewer police officers on our streets. The situation is a top priority being addressed between the city manager and council members.

    Moss wrote that the police department “is aggressively seeking grants and other funding opportunities to ease the budget shortages,” and is “working hard to recruit a diverse group of police officers.”

    That doesn’t seem to be happening fast enough for some city workers. Dandridge and other former employees told council members that they stayed with the force through the months of protest and unrest following Brown’s death. But they have grown increasingly frustrated with slow hiring and a lack of communication from city officials. “We hung in there. My husband went through everything that everyone else has gone through the past few years. It was very challenging,” the wife of one former Ferguson police officer told the council. “I can’t give you a whole list of reasons why he left. I think some of them should be obvious, but I will share with you that the lack of communication was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

    Ferguson was already dealing with a $2.9 million deficit. And now it can no longer rely on collecting municipal fees from its citizens ― which brought in $2.5 million in revenue for the city in 2013 ― under the agreement with the DOJ. The city is also on the hook for a monitor, to make sure officials are implementing changes to the police department consistent with the DOJ agreement, which is going to cost up to $350,000 per year. The city will also likely face significant legal costs in connections with several ongoing lawsuits (though it is possible that those costs will be covered by insurance). Meanwhile, the city has spent tens of thousands of dollars on prosecuting protesters.

    City officials have tried to fill the gap with tax increases. Voters approved a sales tax increase in April, which is expected to bring in $800,000 per year - but they rejected a property tax increase. Voters also approved an increase in business taxes earlier this month, though that is only expected to bring in another $700,000 annually.

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    Since DoJ Forced Ferguson Cops to Stop Preying on the Poor, the City is Going Broke

    By Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project


    Police, we are told, are here to keep us safe and protect us from the bad guys. However, public safety all too often takes a back seat to revenue collection. Time and time again, the Free Thought Project has exposed quota schemes in which officers were punished for not writing enough tickets.

    Just this week, we reported on Bergen County, New Jersey, which is experiencing a similar financial struggle because cops haven’t been extorting the population fast enough to keep up with government spending.

    Bergen County law enforcement chose to educate drivers instead of extorting them and accidents went down. They also started investigating actual crimes instead of generating revenue. However, this lack of revenue sent politicians into a frenzy and the police have since gone back to writing tickets. In the last six months alone, the number of tickets written has skyrocketed by nearly 450 percent to keep those inflated bureaucratic salaries flowing.

    The question to ask now is, will Ferguson do the same?

    If history is any indicator, we can see that the government always tends to take more. The residents of Ferguson, who’ve been finding themselves with more money, as of late, could soon see that windfall brought to a grinding revenue generating halt.

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    Ferguson activist Darren Seals found fatally shot in burning car | The Washington Post


    When Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer two years ago in Ferguson, Mo., Darren Seals was one of the most vocal activists leading protests across the city. He rallied a boycott of Democratic candidates in local elections after he said they failed to protect black lives. And on the day a grand jury declined to indict the Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, Seals held Brown’s mother in his arms as she sobbed.

    On Tuesday, Seals was found dead, authorities said, in a burning car outside the city. He was 29.

    Officers with the St. Louis County Police Department responded to a vehicle fire in the northern part of the county about 1:50 a.m., the St. Louis American reported. When they arrived, authorities found Seals’s body inside the charred car. He had been shot, police told the newspaper.

    Authorities are investigating the incident as a homicide, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, but they did not release any information on a suspect or a possible motive.

    Online, friends and fellow activists mourned.

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    St. Louis police investigating link between Ferguson activist's murder and 2014 killing — after both victims were found fatally shot inside torched cars


    St. Louis police are investigating a possible link between two eerily similar murders connected to the Ferguson, Missouri, protests.

    Darren Seals, 29, a prominent Ferguson activist, was found shot to death inside a torched car early Tuesday — the exact same way another young black man, DeAndre Joshua, was killed in 2014 the night a St. Louis grand jury decided not to indict the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown.

    “They (investigators) are aware that DeAndre Joshua died in the same kind of way,” St. Louis County police spokesman Sgt. Shawn McGuire told The Daily News. “Anything’s a possibility. Our detectives are always going to look into different avenues, or if it’s the same kind of motive."

    Joshua’s murder continues to confound police who haven’t identified a suspect or any witnesses to his mysterious Nov. 24, 2014, killing.


    No arrests have been made in Seals' murder and police are looking "into any enemies" to identify possible suspects, McGuire told The News.

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    Who Murdered Darren Seals? Ferguson Protester Was Shot, Set Ablaze

    By Danny Wicentowski, Riverfront Times


    Darren Seals, a protester in Ferguson who had become an outspoken commentator, and harsh critic, of the various offshoots of the Black Lives Matter movement, was found shot to death in his car Tuesday — and the activist community is reeling.

    A rapper and General Motors assembly line worker, Seals was close to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed in a fatal confrontation with a white Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014. Three months later, when a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against the officer, it was Seals who embraced Brown's mother as she sobbed.

    The same night as the grand jury decision, as Seals and others took to the street to protest, a man named Deandre Joshua was shot dead in his car and then lit on fire. (The killing remains unsolved.)

    Two years later, Seals suffered a similarly gruesome fate. In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 6, St. Louis County Police responded to reports of a vehicle fire in the 9600 block of Diamond Drive in Riverview. After extinguishing the blaze, police found Seals' body. Investigators said he'd been shot before the fire had been set.

    Seals was 29. Police are treating his death as a homicide.

    But his friends aren't content to wait on the police investigation. Activists who gathered at the site where his car was found tweeted photos yesterday of shell casings and car parts seemingly left at the crime scene, suggesting the police had failed to gather up all the possible evidence.


    Twitter user FunkyCow also uploaded a series of videos showing an interview with a man claiming to have witnessed an unknown individual parking Seals' Jeep before it was set ablaze.

    In the video, the man said he initially assumed the Jeep had been stolen. He described watching a black man with dreadlocks exit the Jeep while wearing "white socks on his hands" and jump into a Chrysler 300, and then drive off.

    "I thought they would come back and take the rims off it," the man said on one of the videos. "The whole time, I didn't know there was a body in there.

    After the Chrysler 300 departed, another unknown person entered the scene.

    "A white boy came from Riverview-way, through the woods, and I'm thinking he's finna come try to find some crack or something, and I'm not really paying attention. By the time I turn away and look back, the whole car is in flames."


    In what is undoubtedly the most deeply reported story on the aftermath of Seals' death, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery writes that Seals was beloved in some circles for his forceful critiques of media and the groups and activists associated with Black Lives Matter, whom Seals frequently accused of profiting from protests and abandoning those still struggling in Ferguson.


    Seals' outspokenness also attracted the attention of vindictive trolls. In a Facebook Live video dated June 7, Seals described how Ferguson police officers pulled him over, pointed guns at him and his fourteen-year-old brother and initiated a search on his Jeep without his consent. Finding nothing, detectives told Seals that they'd been following a tip from "some people" who claimed he was a drug dealer and liked to criticize Donald Trump on Facebook.

    "They say, 'Did you go Trump rally?' I said yeah. They say, 'Did you post some shit about Trump on Facebook?' I say 'Yeah, what, is that illegal now?' He said, 'No, there's nothing wrong with that, but you might want to pick your enemies better.'"

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    Why People Suspect Police Involvement in Death of Darren Seals

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    Officer Who Threatened To 'Fucking Kill' Ferguson Protesters Committed Crimes, State Board Rules

    Ray Albers acted with “reckless disregard” in pointing his rifle at the crowd.

    By Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post


    A former Missouri police officer committed multiple criminal offenses and acts of “reckless disregard and moral turpitude” when he pointed a semi-automatic rifle at Ferguson protesters and said, “I will fucking kill you,” a state commission ruled last month.

    Lt. Ray Albers, who had worked as an officer in nearby St. Ann for two decades, was part of the chaotic police response to the unrest in Ferguson in August 2014. Officers from more than 50 different law enforcement agencies were brought in to deal with the protests after unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed.

    Albers’ misconduct was undeniable: A video of him raising his gun on Aug. 19, 2014, and threatening to “kill” individuals filming his actions went viral, and he was forced to resign from the St. Ann Police Department that month. When a livestreamer known as Rebelutionary Z asked for his name, Albers had replied, “Go fuck yourself.”

    Now, Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission has ruled that Albers’ wrongdoing was sufficiently egregious that he can be disciplined by state authorities.

    The state Department of Public Safety has cause to discipline Albers for “committing the criminal offenses of assault and harassment” and for “committing an act while on duty involving reckless disregard and moral turpitude,” the commission ruled last month. The Huffington Post obtained a copy of the decision this week after it was cleared for public release.

    The Administrative Hearing Commission has the power to find that a police officer can be penalized for crimes even if criminal charges have not been filed.

    Since the commission’s role is to determine whether there is cause for discipline, not to dole it out, Albers’ case shifts back to the Department of Public Safety.

    The public safety director has the authority to “probate, suspend, or permanently revoke” a peace officer’s license. The department will schedule a disciplinary hearing within 30 days once it receives formal notification of the finalized decision, a spokesman said.

    That decision is deeply critical of Albers’ actions. The Administrative Hearing Commission found that he “committed assault” when he pointed his weapon at members of the crowd and placed them “in apprehension of immediate physical injury.”

    It ruled that Albers “committed the criminal offense of harassment” by threatening to kill a protester while using offensive language and pointing a weapon. Albers also acted with “reckless disregard for public safety,” the commission held.

    “Given his prior experience as a police officer, we conclude that a reasonable person in Albers’ shoes would recognize an ‘unreasonable risk’ and a ‘high degree of probability’ that the safety of the public would or could be jeopardized if a weapon were pointed at persons in a crowd while threatening them,” the commission ruled.

    Thomas Eric Willis, the lead firearms instructor in St. Ann, had testified that an officer should only raise a weapon at a person when that person represents a direct threat and that officers should not scan a crowd with their weapon raised.

    The commission also stated, “Peace officers must be held to a high standard. The public trust and the criminal justice system require that peace officers do not violate the laws that guide them.”

    Albers can appeal the commission’s decision. At a hearing in the case last December, he said his life had been “ruined” by the incident.

    St. Ann, Albers’ onetime employer, is also under scrutiny as one of many cities in St. Louis County that funds its police department by writing an excessive number of tickets. Along with 12 other municipalities, it’s facing a class-action lawsuit over those practices.

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    St. Louis officer accused of planting gun on man that he shot | New York Daily News


    A St. Louis police officer who killed a suspect has been accused of planting a gun in his victim’s car after new video of the shooting’s aftermath emerged.

    Clips from police and surveillance footage obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch show what happened after officer Jason Stockley shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011.

    Stockley was charged with murder earlier this year after prosecutors said that new evidence had emerged of the high speed chase that began with a suspected drug deal outside a chicken restaurant.

    Video and audio from inside the police car show the officer saying, “Going to kill this motherfucker don’t you know it” during the chase.'

    He and his partner eventually rammed Smith’s rented car with their SUV, and Stockley fired five rounds after walking up to the driver’s window.

    The officer said in a memo obtained by the Post-Dispatch that he saw a silver handgun in his hand when he was in his car at the restaurant, and that he believed Smith was reaching for a gun after the crash.

    He wrote that he found the silver handgun between the center console and passenger’s seat and unloaded it.

    However, court documents say that only Stockley’s DNA was found on the gun, and relatives of Smith say that it was planted in the car by the officer himself.

    After the shooting Stockley is seen returning his personal AK-47-style pistol, which he was not authorized to carry, back to his police SUV.

    He later returns and rifles through a duffel bag in the back seat before Smith is taken out of his car and Stockley gets inside for the remainder of the video.

    In his memo, Stockley mentions one trip back to his car to get a blood clotting device, but does not mention a second.

    Prosecutors have not accused Stockley of planting the firearm that he says Smith has, and told KTVI "The people of the City of St. Louis have a right to determine whether the State has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The courtroom is the appropriate forum for this matter."

    Stockley has been released on $1 million bail and a hearing for his case is set for Oct. 3.

    Smith's daughter reached a $900,000 settlement with the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners in 2013.


    He added: “The issue should never be what is the color of the victim. The issue should be: Why was an unarmed teen gunned down in a situation where deadly force was not even justified?”

    So far this year, 25 percent of the people shot dead by police have been black, according to data collected by the Washington Post. But black people make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population.

    [Police shot and killed more people in July than any other month so far this year]

    An ‘unarmed’ white teen was shot dead by police. His family asks: Where is the outrage?
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    If race doesn't matter, then about 13% of people shot dead by cops would be black.
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    Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith arrested, charged with sexual assault

    By Mark Berman, The Washington Post


    The Milwaukee Police Department said Thursday that a police officer whose fatal shooting of a man in August set off violent unrest there was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting someone while the demonstrations were ongoing.

    Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was arrested on Wednesday night after a police investigation that ended with the Milwaukee County district attorney filing criminal charges, the department said in a statement. Heaggan-Brown, 24, was charged with five counts, including two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault.

    Police said a man told authorities he was sexually assaulted by Heaggan-Brown while turmoil still dominated Milwaukee’s streets two days after the officer killed Sylville K. Smith, 23.

    In court documents, authorities say the man told police that the officer, who was off-duty, had raped him at about the same time that other Milwaukee officers were responding to reports of gunshots, making arrests and having rocks thrown at them in the area of the demonstrations.

    Investigators looking into the man’s allegation said they also found evidence that Heaggan-Brown had sexually assaulted a second man and paid for sex with two others. Edward A. Flynn, the Milwaukee police chief, called the charges “extraordinarily disappointing” and said they cast a pall over the department.

    “It’s altogether awful,” Flynn said during a briefing Thursday afternoon. He said the officer had “revealed his character” in a way the department did not see when hiring him, and added: “It’s grave and we’re treating it as such.”

    Heaggan-Brown shot Smith on a Saturday in mid-August, prompting an eruption of violence that stretched for hours that night and into early Sunday morning. While things were less volcanic as the tension continued Sunday night, violence continued to break out, as an 18-year-old man was shot in the neck in the Sherman Park area where the demonstrations were centered. Seven law enforcement officers were also injured that night, police said.

    According to the complaint, the man who said he was raped told police Heaggan-Brown had picked him up at the same time that the 18-year-old was shot near the protests. The two men went to a bar, where they “sat and watched television, as coverage of the Sherman Park protests aired,” according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

    The following day, police were contacted about the report of an assault involving an officer, even while city officials were attempting to tamp down the simmering rage in the city sparked by the shooting. They announced plans for a limited curfew beginning later that day, following two nights during which buildings were set on fire and officers injured.

    Police were also pushing back against suggestions circulating in the city that Smith was unarmed and shot in the back when he died after a traffic stop two days earlier. Officials said Smith had run from a traffic stop before turning to the officer while holding a gun. The shooting remains under investigation, and court documents made no connection between that incident and the sexual assault charges.

    The complaint filed Thursday stated that Heaggan-Brown and the man who told police he was raped had connected through Facebook because they were both musicians. When they went to the bar, the complaint said the officer had “bragged about being able to do whatever [he] wanted without repercussions.”

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    Hi there
    Thank you for the opportunity to state WWPs policy. We do not take part in or plan illegal acts. All the protests we plan are legal and peaceful.
    You need to find somewhere else to be.
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    Questions arise after photo of deceased man with officer surface | KMOV


    A St. Louis mother is demanding answers after News 4 showed her a photo that appears to depict the scene of her son's death.

    Her attorney calls the photo: "hideous."

    For months, Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager has been digging into serious questions raised by the picture, questions about an officer's conduct and the handling of evidence.

    On August 8, 2016, Kim Staton's son, 28-year-old Omar Rahman, was found dead in a home in Pine Lawn. The North County Police Cooperative responded. The Medical Examiner has since ruled it an accidental drug overdose. But Staton says ever since her son's death, she's heard little from police.

    “I really don't know, actually, what happened to my son,” she said.

    Now she says she's hurt even more. Weeks after Rahman's death, a photo, appearing to depict the scene of her son’s death, was leaked out. The date; August 8, the date of Rahman's death.

    News 4 has blurred the body and also chosen to conceal the North County Cooperative officer, since no wrongdoing has been determined.

    He is wearing gloves, holding onto the arm of the body and giving a thumbs up.

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    Tariq Nasheed ‏@tariqnasheed 3 hours ago
    This race soldier taking a "lynching photo" over the dead body of a dead Blk man, is allegedly officer Nathan Tucker.

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    Dear Officer Nathan Tucker of the North County Police Department outside of St. Louis - I'm curious why you just deleted your Facebook page?

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    Missouri high court won't hear Ferguson-related lawsuit | Associated Press


    Missouri's highest court says it won't intervene in a lawsuit by activists seeking an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

    The Missouri Supreme Court announced in an order obtained by media outlets Friday that it won't hear the matter.

    Activists were challenging a state appellate court's May conclusion that a St. Louis County judge correctly dismissed the suit, which sought a special prosecutor to scrutinize prosecutor Robert McCulloch's conduct during the secret grand jury proceedings.

    The activists questioned McCulloch's role. The grand jury cleared white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Brown, who was black and unarmed. Wilson later resigned.

    A U.S. Justice Department probe concluded Wilson acted in self-defense.

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    Ex-Milwaukee officer charged in fatal shooting of black man

    By The Associated Press


    A former Milwaukee police officer has been charged with reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a black man that sparked two nights of riots. Dominique Heaggan-Brown is charged in the Aug. 13 shooting death of Sylville Smith. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm did not announce the charge, but it showed up Thursday in online court records that also indicated the former officer had made an initial court appearance.

    Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, shot Smith following a traffic stop on the city's north side.

    Police Chief Ed Flynn said shortly after the shooting that the incident began when police stopped a suspicious rental car. Smith bolted from the vehicle and ran through a residential neighborhood. Heaggan-Brown gave chase and opened fire after Smith turned toward the officer and began to raise his gun despite Heaggan-Brown's warnings to drop it, Flynn said.

    The neighborhood where Smith was killed is predominantly black. Heaggan-Brown grew up there and has lived near the shooting scene since at least 2012.

    Police didn't release either man's race the day of the shooting. That night, the neighborhood erupted in violence. Demonstrators burned six businesses and a police squad car.

    Flynn released more details the following day, including Heaggan-Brown's race and that his body camera showed Smith was armed. Flynn didn't release the video, however, and more violence broke out that night. Protesters again threw rocks and bottles at police, and an 18-year-old man was shot and injured. Police arrested about 40 people over the course of the three nights. Flynn blamed protesters from outside of Milwaukee for much of the unrest.

    Flynn fired Heaggan-Brown in October after he was charged with sexual assault in an unrelated case. According to a criminal complaint, Heaggan-Brown and another man went to a bar late on the night of Aug. 14 where they drank heavily and watched television coverage of the riots. The man told investigators that Heaggan-Brown bragged that he could do anything he wanted without repercussions, and that he woke up to Heaggan-Brown sexually assaulting him.

    Heaggan-Brown also was charged with soliciting two other people for sex several times since December 2015 and sexually assaulted another unconscious person in July 2016 and photographed that victim naked. He faces two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault, two misdemeanor prostitution counts and one felony count of capturing an intimate representation of a person without consent.

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    New Michael Brown footage emerges | CNN

    New footage just released from the documentary "Stranger Fruit" shows Michael Brown hours before his death and could change the narrative around the events that led to his death.

    USA: Documentary on Michael Brown's death premieres at SXSW | Ruptly TV

    The world premiere of the documentary film 'Stranger Fruit' about Michael Brown, the black teenager shot dead by a white police officer that helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement took place at the SXSW festival in Austin, Saturday.

    New Michael Brown documentary sheds light on his case | Daily Mail Online

    New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case | The New York Times

    Documentary reveals overlooked footage in Michael Brown case in Ferguson | St. Louis Today

    'Stranger Fruit' Review | Hollywood Reporter
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    Court document: Former officer Darren Wilson says Ferguson officers used n-word to refer to African-Americans

    By Wesley Lowery, The Washington Post


    A court filing introduced late last year in a civil lawsuit against former Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson includes a sworn admission from Wilson that he and other Ferguson officers used the n-word to describe black people, but an attorney for Wilson said Monday that his client only used the word when repeating witness accounts given to him during police investigations.

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    Protester featured in iconic Ferguson photo found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound

    By Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    Edward Crawford, the man featured in a Ferguson protest photograph throwing a tear gas canister back toward police, was found dead late Thursday night, his father said. Police say it appears the death was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Crawford's father, Edward Sr., confirmed his son's death to the Post-Dispatch. He said his son's mother called him and they went together to the morgue early Friday to identify their son's body. Crawford Sr. was in tears Friday as he spoke with a reporter.

    The medical examiner's office says the death of Edward S. Crawford Jr. was reported as a suicide at 11:46 p.m. Thursday. However, the official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

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    Judge approves Ferguson settlement with Michael Brown family

    U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber sealed the settlement terms, including how much will be paid to Michael Brown, Sr., and Lesley McSpadden, the parents of the 18-year-old teen who was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.

    “The settlement agreement shall remain sealed by this Court and shall be considered a closed record under Missouri Revised Statute . . . due to the adverse impact to Plaintiffs should it be disclosed,” Webber wrote in the filing approving the settlement. “Disclosure of the terms of the settlement agreement could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators. The public policy to consider records open is outweighed by the adverse impact to Plaintiffs.”
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    Former Milwaukee police officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Sylville Smith

    By Mark Berman June 21
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    Former Milwaukee police officer charged with homicide

    Former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a black man. The incident sparked nights of rioting following the August shooting. (Reuters)
    A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a man last year, setting off violent unrest in the city, was acquitted by a jury Wednesday.
    Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former officer, was charged with homicide late last year for shooting Sylville K. Smith, who fled from a traffic stop in August.
    Before he was charged in Smith’s death, Heaggan-Brown was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting someone during the intense protests prompted by the shooting. The Milwaukee Police Department fired him because of those charges, for which he is expected to stand trial in August, just after the first anniversary of Smith’s death.
    Jurors reached their verdict on the second day of deliberations, according to the Associated Press, which also reported that some of Smith’s relatives shouted and cursed at the jury’s decision.
    “This is an extremely distressing moment,” David Owens, an attorney representing Smith’s family, said at a news briefing after the verdict. “The jury’s verdict is obviously shocking and troubling.”
    On Wednesday, Smith’s estate filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee and Heaggan-Brown. Owens said the suit was filed at around the same time the jury’s verdict was announced.
    Officials had said that after fleeing the traffic stop, Smith turned to the officer — who was wearing a body camera — while holding a gun. However, authorities said later that Smith, 23, had thrown away his semiautomatic pistol and was unarmed when Heaggan-Brown fired the second of two shots.
    The criminal complaint, which cites a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, said that body camera footage showed Smith turn toward officers while approaching a chain-link fence between two houses. Smith is then seen raising the gun and throwing it over the fence into the yard, the complaint stated.
    [Minn. officer acquitted in shooting of Philando Castile during traffic stop, dismissed from police force]
    While Smith was lifting the gun, Heaggan-Brown fired the first shot, hitting Smith in the arm, the complaint said. After that shot, Smith fell, and less than two seconds later, Heaggan-Brown fired again, striking him in the chest.
    Heaggan-Brown later told investigators he fired the second shot because he thought Smith was reaching toward his waist. During the trial, attorneys for Heaggan-Brown argued that he was unsure whether Smith was still armed or reaching for another gun.
    “I don’t think any officer, including Mr. Heaggan-Brown, ever wants to be put in this situation, where they have to opt or choose to use deadly force,” Jonathan Smith, an attorney for Heaggan-Brown, said in an interview after the verdict was announced. “We certainly have not lost sight of the fact that there was a young man who lost his life, and certainly have sympathy for the family.”
    Heaggan-Brown was “trained in how to deal with certain situations” as a law enforcement officer, his attorney said, and “appreciates the fact that the jury recognized what his conduct was that day.”
    The shooting last year set off intense unrest in Wisconsin’s biggest city, during which an 18-year-old was shot in the neck and numerous buildings were set on fire.
    Heaggan-Brown’s acquittal is the latest in a string of similar verdicts or deadlocked juries to follow charges against police officers for using deadly force. Five days before Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty, a Minnesota police officer was also acquitted in another high-profile shooting that sparked intense protests.
    The Minnesota officer, Jeronimo Yanez, fatally shot Philando Castile in a Twin Cities suburb during a traffic stop. The aftermath of that shooting was broadcast on Facebook Live, drawing international scrutiny. On Tuesday, about 24 hours before Heaggan-Brown was acquitted, Minnesota officials released dash-cam video footage showing Yanez fatally shooting Castile, pushing that encounter into national news headlines.
    Smith and Castile were among 963 people fatally shot by police officers in 2016, according to a Washington Post database that tracks the shootings.
    As jurors in Wisconsin cleared Heaggan-Brown, another jury was weighing the fate of a different officer. After the first jury deadlocked during the prosecution of Raymond Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati officer who shot Samuel DuBose during an off-campus stop, prosecutors sought another trial, which got underway this month. Jurors began deliberating in that second trial on Monday.
    In August, Heaggan-Brown is expected to face another jury trial on the charges of sexually assaulting someone during the demonstrations after Smith’s death a year earlier. Court documents show that a man told police Heaggan-Brown raped him at about the same time other Milwaukee police officers were responding to reports of gunshots and having rocks thrown at them during the protests.
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    ‘Whose Streets?’ Captures the Fury and Hope of the Post-Ferguson Moment

    Watching this film months after the footage was collected, with Trump in the White House, can leave you feeling sick.

    By Collier Meyerson, The Nation


    Overt, explicit racism — not the kind that hides itself within prisons and school systems — has taken our country hostage. Having hundreds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists stalk American streets, shamelessly, freely, in their pressed Dockers, has changed what racism looks and feels like. And it’s rocked what and where the progressive fight is. Instead of trying to end mass incarceration and fighting to integrate schools, our attention has shifted to delegitimizing ethno-nationalist rhetoric and white supremacist rhetoric ideology.

    The constantly shifting and frenetic urgency of everyday life under Trump makes one forget about the urgency of three years ago, when the body of an 18-year-old black boy named Michael Brown — who was shot and killed by a white police officer named Darren Wilson — was left in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, for hours. That urgency coalesced into a new movement that sought to end indiscriminate killings of black Americans by law enforcement — and provided a gut check about the harm a militarized police force can inflict upon a community in protest.

    In 2015, just months after protesters in Ferguson were surrounded by tanks, hit with rubber bullets and tear-gassed, President Obama signed an executive order that stopped the federal government from giving military-grade weapons and vehicles to local police forces. But on Monday, Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government will again send surplus military equipment, like high-caliber weapons, grenade launchers, and armored vehicles, to Main Streets across America.

    Last week, Whose Streets?, a documentary film by filmmaker and activist Sabaah Folayan about Brown’s death and the uprising that followed, was released in theaters across the country. Watching it was an altogether strange experience in the era of Trump: a reminder of a moment filled with so much anger, despair, violence, but one with a kernel, too, of hope. The documentary centers around three activists: Tef Poe, a black rapper and musician; Brittany Ferrell; and David Whitt, a local cop watcher. All three of them talk about the near-constant discrimination they witness and experience, but the film also shows how empowering organizing is for each of them. In a poignant moment, Ferrell marries her girlfriend, whom she met during the uprising in Ferguson.

    The film also captures how fury over Michael Brown’s death went far beyond Ferguson. The city became a flashpoint, a symbol for just how widespread police violence against black Americans really was. One Ferguson resident says of the moment protesters began pouring into the streets, “There was no fear in the heart of people anymore.”

    But watching this film months after the footage was collected, with Trump in the White House, can leave you feeling sick. Where there once was a fire inside people, now, it seems, there is a dim light. Most troubling is the suspicion that it was the very organizing and protests in Ferguson sparked the “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” backlash that, in part, brought us the intensely racially polarized America we find ourselves in today.

    Watching the documentary forces the viewer to contrast the hopeful, if at times cynical, activism of then with the hopelessness of now. In one interview a black Ferguson resident expresses how disappointed he was with Obama’s response to the Ferguson protests, and sarcastically questions whether Obama really was our first black president. (It was odd to find myself nostalgic for a time when a black man could lament the inadequate response of a black president.) But that interviewee wasn’t alone; during his presidency, Obama was sharply criticized for not being forceful enough of his condemnation of police killings of black Americans. After the grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson, Obama gave a speech calling on the public to respect the grand jury’s decision and the judicial process. In hindsight, it’s painfully apparent how much stronger white supremacy is than Obama’s individual power was. As the first black president — whose birthright was questioned, who was accused of being a Muslim — Obama had good reason to avoid rocking a boat that, if tipped, could sink him. If that wasn’t obvious to all during his presidency, it’s clear as day under Trump.

    And then there is the fear of what we have yet to experience under Trump. In a later scene, Attorney General Eric Holder announces a Department of Justice investigation into whether the city of Ferguson discriminates against its poor black population. The findings of that investigation, of course, were conclusive: From racist e-mails sent by police to the stunning revelation that 67 percent of Ferguson’s black residents accounted for 93 percent of arrests in 2012–14, Ferguson did discriminate against its black population. The Obama administration told America, in no uncertain terms, that Ferguson had a race problem. With its emphasis on preserving “law and order” in urban communities, the Trump administration is doing the opposite.

    In one scene, a young Ferguson resident and protester named Dhoruba opens a bag to reveal the remains he had collected of rubber bullets and other military-grade weapons used on him and other protesters. It’s a haunting moment, not just because he had a bag full of weapons that police used on their own people. But also because with Trump in power, who will protect us now?

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    Jason Stockley: St. Louis ex-officer acquitted in fatal shooting of black driver | CNN


    Protesters in St. Louis blocked highways and threw rocks at the mayor's house Friday after white former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the 2011 shooting death of black driver Anthony Lamar Smith.

    After the verdict, protesters and activists gathered outside the courthouse and marched through the city's downtown for hours.

    Some held hands and prayed while others chanted, "No justice, no peace!"

    While the protests started peacefully, St. Louis police said demonstrators later threw rocks at the mayor's home and smashed the windshield of a police vehicle. They also hit officers with water bottles and other items, police said.

    Four police officers were assaulted, with one treated for a hand injury, officials said. At least 23 people were arrested.

    Video footage showed officers using tear gas to disperse the crowds after police said the protests were considered an unlawful assembly.


    Prosecutors argued Stockley intended to kill Smith, citing audio from the internal police vehicle camera during the car chase in which he told his partner, "We're killing this motherfucker."

    But the judge noted in his decision that "people say all kinds of things in the heat of the moment or while in stressful situations."


    Stockley killed Smith years before the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

    Initially, state and federal authorities did not prosecute Stockley, but in Ferguson's aftermath, then-St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce charged him with first-degree murder in May 2016, citing new evidence.

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    This judge's excuses for acquitting Jason Stockley of murder are pathetic. | Slate

    St Louis protests: three years since Ferguson, why hasn't anything changed? | The Guardian

    Since the police shooting of Mike Brown, there’s been little progress – as was evident in St Louis as police mocked people protesting officer Jason Stockley’s acquittal

    National Lawyers Guild Mobilizes Legal Support as St. Louis Police Make Brutal Mass Arrests Following Stockley Acquittal


    The NLG is on the ground in St. Louis, MO coordinating legal support following thousands-strong protests that have emerged since the Friday acquittal of former St. Louis Metropolitan Police (STLMPD) Officer Jason Stockley, in the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Using tactics reminiscent of Ferguson, STLMPD have arrested at least 170 people— including protesters, three Legal Observers, journalists, and bystanders—since demonstrations began Friday. A few have been released on their own recognizance, and a number are being charged with felonies. The St. Louis NLG Chapter has been leading legal support efforts, operating a legal support hotline and St. Louis Legal Fund, and providing Legal Observers and defense attorneys with the help of ArchCity Defenders and ACLU of Missouri.

    The community is charging that STLMPD violated protesters’ rights—arresting people en masse without probable cause—and used excessive force during arrests, with indiscriminate and inappropriate use of tear gas and chemical projectiles.

    “These arrests were more like a general ‘sweep the streets’ action than arrests for criminal violations,” said Steven Hoffmann, member of the St. Louis NLG Chapter. “Law enforcement is being carried out in a way that doesn’t protect public safety, but endangers it.”

    “The police took people trying to get into their houses, tourists, people out with their children, knocking people off their bicycles, reporters, Legal Observers,” said Kat “Mama Kat” Daniels, a classically trained chef who has been cooking for and feeding protesters. “Thank you, Metropolitan Police Department—what you did was gain us more support. The people are now seeing what we’ve been saying for a long time.”

    Disturbing footage of STLMPD tactics immediately circulated on social media. On Friday, police trampled an elderly woman who had been attempting to disperse before arresting her for “interference.” Sunday night, STLMPD “kettled”—a tactic in which law enforcement encircles a large group before arresting them for failure to disperse—about 100 people, while attacking them with chemical weapons. Shortly thereafter, a group of police chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets!” in a chilling display of intimidation.

    This brutal treatment of anti-racist protesters by law enforcement in St. Louis stands in stark contrast to the laissez-faire attitude of Charlottesville PD toward armed, white supremacist demonstrators during the deadly “Unite the Right” rally last month. Such hypocrisy that casts doubt over the violent intentions of the white supremacist far right, while criminalizing and demonizing the anti-racists who resist them, fuels the toxic “many sides” myth championed by President Trump and his following. Even evidence as blatant as Stockley’s declaration that he was “going to kill this motherfucker” before the shooting was not enough to convince Judge Timothy Wilson of the officer’s intent to kill. It is this systemic racism that permeates our institutions and routinely fails people of color like Anthony Lamar Smith.

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