Tag Archives: Missouri

Blaming Protesters for Ferguson Police Shootings Is a Deliberate Tactic | Alternet

By Terrell Jermaine Starr It was not too long after two police officers were shot in Ferguson, Mo. in the midst of an otherwise peaceful protest Wednesday night that law and order types sought to blame protesters for the crime. St. … Continue reading

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Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson to resign: report

By Doyle Murphy The embattled chief of the Ferguson Police Department will resign on Wednesday, according to a report. Chief Tom Jackson will step down from his post leading the controversial squad less than one day after the city manager … Continue reading

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Madison police response to shooting contrasts with Ferguson

By Todd Richmond Within hours of a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, the police chief of Wisconsin’s capital city was praying with the man’s grandmother, hoping to strike a conciliatory tone and avoid the riots that last year … Continue reading

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Ferguson City Manager Cited in Justice Department Report Resigns

By John Eligon The city manager of Ferguson, whom a Department of Justice report blamed as one of the officials responsible for much of the questionable conduct by the police and the courts here, has agreed to resign. The announcement … Continue reading

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Justice Speaks

By Editorial Board of The Washington Post THE JUSTICE Department said two things about Ferguson, Mo., last week, both of which should make Americans uncomfortable. First, federal officials announced that they did not have evidence showing that police officer Darren … Continue reading

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Darren Wilson testifies in front of grand jury

By Robert Patrick Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified for almost four hours Tuesday in front of a St. Louis County grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday. … Continue reading

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How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program

By Taylor Wofford As many have noted, Ferguson, Missouri, currently looks like a war zone. And its police—kitted out with Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles—are indistinguishable from soldiers. America … Continue reading

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Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Teachers To Carry Concealed Weapons At School

By Shannon Greenwood Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Monday which would have allowed teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons in schools. The bill would have designated certain school officials as “school protection offers” who would have to … Continue reading

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Podcast: How a $1,000 Loan Ballooned into a $40,000 Debt

By Minhee Cho When Naya Burks was strapped for cash five years ago, she borrowed $1,000 from AmeriCash Loans at an enormously high annual interest rate of 240 percent. It wasn’t long before she defaulted on payments and AmeriCash took … Continue reading

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When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

By Paul Kiel A version of this story will be published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday. Five years ago, Naya Burks of St. Louis borrowed $1,000 from AmeriCash Loans. The money came at a steep price: She had … Continue reading

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