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Stranger Fruit – A Must See Documentary That Unravels What Happened To Mike Brown

On August 9th, 2014 an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson, MO Officer Darren Wilson. Michael’s death became viral news and sparked protests for him worldwide.   Mike’s death also sparked a great deal of division and controversy.   Ferguson looked like a police state with the presence of the National Guard.

Sometime ago, I remember seeing on Twitter about the discovery of another video of Mike Brown in the convenience store.  I also remember various criticisms of the video and of the person who released it, even one that said the man who released the video was trying to promote his “book”.

As a blogger who has followed cases, I will tell anyone that it’s very difficult to convey in writing what is on video.  It is more difficult when what the video shows is being disputed.  Videos need to be presented in order for eyes to see.  As a journalism professor once told our class, “Show.  Don’t tell.”

The documentary Stranger Fruit, shows.  That doesn’t only apply to an additional video not released to the public during investigations into Mike’s death.  It also applies throughout the various interviews. It shows what is being discussed. Read the rest of this entry

Ferguson Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed By Michael Brown’s Parents

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In 2015, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, the parents of 18-year Michael Brown, filed a suit against the city of Ferguson, MO, the former Police Chief Tom Jackson and former police officer Darren Wilson.  Today, the city settled that lawsuit.

Terms of the wrongful death settlement were not disclosed.  United States District Court Judge E. Richard Webber approved the settlement and ordered it sealed, writing;

“The gross settlement amount is fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each plaintiff.”

In 2014, Michael Brown was shot multiple times, with the fatal wound being to the top of his head, spilling his brains onto the street.  His body laid in the street for more than 4 hours.  A grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson, and the DOJ began a probe that found systematic racial discrimination in Ferguson that targeted Black residents and created a “toxic environment.”  The report said the city overwhelmingly arrested and issued traffic citations to Blacks to boost city income, and used the police as a collection agency. Read the rest of this entry

Any Discussion – Lots of News

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Rather than writing separate posts, here’s a summary of things in the news. Feel free to share other news or whatever is on your mind. By going to the links embedded, you can find additional information and news on the summaries below.

In effort to stop policing for profit, Ferguson, MO. Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, has announced sweeping changes to the city’s court system. All active warrants issued before December 2014 will be withdrawn. The accused will be given new court dates and alternative penalty options such as payment plans or community service.

FogleJared Fogle who is famous for pitching Subway for losing weight, has plead guilty to federal charges of distribution and receipt of child pornography and unlawful sex acts with minors. He has agreed to pay restitution of $1.4 million to be divided among the 14 minor victims. Read the rest of this entry

Fired Ferguson Clerk Who Sent Racist Obama Email Working At New Court

How wonder how many positions the court in Vinita Park had when they hired Twitty, or did they create a position just for her?

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Though Twitty sent that email, she has denied she is racist.

Twitty did not receive a severance package when she was fired from Ferguson, according to the Post-Dispatch. She is reportedly working as court clerk in Vinita Park, with a population of 1,880 people, three days a week, according to the newspaper.

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Michael Brown’s Friend Files Lawsuit and Grand Juror’s Suit is Dismissed

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Dorian Johnson

Dorian Johnson, the man who was with Michael Brown when they encountered Darren Wilson who killed Michael, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson. Dorian filed suit in the St. Louis County Circuit Court. Dorian’s complaint alleges constitutional violations, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It mentions many of the Justice Department’s findings.   Click here for the lawsuit.  It can also be found on the right-side border of this blog under “Documents.” Read the rest of this entry

Four Journalists Sue St. Louis County, St. Louis County Police and 20 Police Officers

Ferguson-protests-jourmalists-arrestedJournalists Ansgar Graw, Frank Hermann, Lukas Hermsmeier, and Ryan Devereaux, have filed a lawsuit that alleges battery by the police, false arrest and unreasonable search and seizure. The journalists were covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of Michael Brown.

“This unlawful conduct was undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against Plaintiffs for engaging in constitutionally-protected speech, newsgathering, and recording of police activities,” the complaint reads.

Two of the journalists, Devereauz and Hermsmeier, allege that they were shot with rubber bullets after they had raised their hands in the air and identified themselves as members of the press.   Devereaux was hit once in the back and Hermsmeier was hit twice by the officers’ shots.  They were arrested and charged with refusal to disperse. They were left hand-cuffed in plastic ties for hours.  Allegations in the lawsuit include that the journalists still suffer physical injury from having their hands tied tight for hours. Read the rest of this entry

Man Charged In The Shooting of Police Officers In Ferguson

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Jeffrey Williams

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch identified the suspect as 20-year old Jeffery Williams. McCulloch said Williams was arrested Saturday night and acknowledged his participation in firing the shots. A 40mm handgun tied to the attack was recovered.

Williams is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and three counts of armed criminal action. McCulloch stated that Williams is not a resident of Ferguson and may not have been aiming at police officers. McCulloch did stated that regardless of the intended targets, the charges would be the same.

 

Here’s McCulloch’s News Briefing;

 

Recent News On Ferguson and St. Louis

Federal Probe Into St. Louis Police Department

St. Louis CBS Local News reports that as many as 25 St. Louis City police officers are under investigation for being hired to protect drug dealers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the involved officers are no longer on active duty as the investigation continues.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Circuit Attorney are all involved in the investigation that began in December. The investigation began when an off-duty police officer was shot in North St. Louis. The off-duty officer returned fire and the man he shot later turned up dead in a burning car.

In a press release by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, they state that they are unable to discuss details or findings before the investigation has concluded.

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Ferguson Municipal Judge Resigns

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Justice Department – Ferguson Police Department Routinely Violates Constitution and Federal Law.

USA Today reports;

“A Justice Department review has found that the troubled Ferguson Police Department engaged in a pattern of racially biased enforcement during suspect stops and used unreasonable force against a disproportionate number of African American suspects, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the findings.”

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Ferguson Chief of Police Thomas Jackson

The results of the investigation were detailed in a meeting between Ferguson and Justice Department officials on Tuesday. The full report should be released by tomorrow.

The Black population in Ferguson is 67%. However, the Justice Department conducted an investigation that covered 3 years, and found that 85% of people involved in vehicle stops were Black; 90% who received tickets were Black, and 93% of those arrested were Black. Were they all guilty? No. The Justice Department found that police in Ferguson routinely made arrests without probable cause. Blacks were twice as likely to be searched during vehicle stops but less likely to be found in possession of contraband. Read the rest of this entry

Open Discussion

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Here’s hoping that everyone had a safe and restful weekend.

A huge thank you to our new followers, first-time commenters, and visitors who waved “Hi” by clicking “like.”

Tidbits:

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Black History Month – History of Black Police Officers in St. Louis MO

US-CRIME-RACE-POLICE-SHOOTING-FUNERALThe video is a bit over 20 minutes, and is jam-packed with history and information, including interviews and photographs.  After watching it, it brought revelation as to why the St. Louis police department made changes in who it appointed to oversee law enforcement during the Ferguson, MO protests after the police came out as a militarized occupying force..  That attitude goes back in history.

 

Ferguson Grand Juror Sues Robert McCulloch

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It’s on the basis that Robert McCulloch’s “public characterization” of the grand jury does not reflect the juror’s own views.

Talking point memo reports that the juror is anonymous, and

“In [the grand juror]’s view, the current information available about the grand jurors’ views is not entirely accurate — especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges,” the lawsuit says, per the news outlet. “Moreover, the public characterization of the grand jurors’ view of witnesses and evidence does not accord with [Doe]’s own.”

The juror is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. It asks the court for an injunction that would allow the juror to speak publicly about the Darren Wilson case, who killed Michael Brown.

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Ferguson Prosecutor Admits His Handling of the Grand Jury in the Darren Wilson Case Was Not Normal

Ferguson Prosecutor Bob McCulloch appeared on a radio interview and admitted that his handling of the grand jury in the Darren Wilson case was not “normal.”

McGraw Milhaven asked the right questions. The excellent video is a bit over 27 minutes, so I won’t write more so you can have time to watch. Please, don’t miss the part towards the end where McCulloch believes that because he did not previously charge police officers for killing unarmed citizens, that it proves he was fair in accessing the Darren Wilson case.

 

Federal Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Use of Tear Gas

dubbin_ferguson_teargasOn Thursday, Federal Judge Carol E. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, entered a temporary restraining order against defendants Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County Police, Chief D. Samuel Dotson III of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police and Capt. Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Judge Jackson ordered that tear gas cannot be used to disperse legal gatherings and that the police must give clear warnings before deploying tear gas. The judge also ruled that the police must take steps to minimize the effect on those following orders and ensure that people have a “safe egress from the area.”

The matter was filed by six plaintiffs who also asked the court to issue a temporary restraining order requiring the police to wear “clearly visible personal identification” when responding to protests, and for the police to adhere to the law when deciding whether a protest constitutes illegal assembly.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 6, 2015.

Spokesman Who Attacked Rams’ Ferguson Protest Was Fired From Police Job in 2001 for Misconduct

It looks like the most recent agenda of those such as Roorda is to attack the employment of people who they don’t like.

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After several members of the St. Louis Rams NFL team made a “hands up” gesture of solidarity with Ferguson protesters before the team’s home game yesterday, a group called the St. Louis Police Officers Association issued a statement criticizing the players. The group’s statement quoted its business manager, Jeff Roorda:

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are…

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Injustice in Ferguson Missouri Simply Explained

This is the face of a killer

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This is the killer’s accomplice

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Robert McCullouch

These are their victims

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The Final Moments Of Michael Brown’s Life Look Very Different, Depending Whom You Talk To

There was a lot of information released in that “data dump” and it took time to go through it. Thanks for the breakdown.

Let Our Voices Echo

Thank you Ben Hallman

Final Moments Witness

They may have had some conflicting accounts but I’m counting…
Did Brown charge Wilson? 10 NO
Did Brown charge Wilson? 5 Yes

Were Brown’s hands up? 9 YES
Were Brown’s hands up? 2 No’s

According to my calculations
Did Brown charge Wilson? 5 more said NO
Were Brown’s hands up? 7 more said YES

In his final moments of life, Michael Brown charged toward Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, shrugging off warnings to stop and seeming to ignore at least one bullet that wounded him, while reaching to his waistband as if to pull a weapon.
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Or, he sank to his knees, raised his hands and shouted, “please don’t shoot me.”

Wilson shot and killed Brown on a suburban Missouri street on a Saturday afternoon. Nearly two dozen people said they saw the events unfold. Yet when asked to describe the last, crucial seconds before…

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Grand Jury Does Not Indict Darren Wilson

michael-brown-police-shootingOn August 9, 2014, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in broad daylight. The most that the public has received by way of verified evidence is that Michael was shot at least 6 times, with the kill shot fired in the top of his head.

Eyewitnesses are consistent, reporting that Michael had his hands up as Darren Wilson fired and continued firing.

A grand jury began seeing and hearing evidence and when their session expired, the judge extended their time until January 2015.  Strangely, Darren Wilson was invited to testify before the grand jury and it was reported that he testified 4 hours. Read the rest of this entry

Ferguson Missouri Police Officer Charged and Sued

Some of those who support Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson wonder why the Department of Justice came so quickly to Ferguson, Missouri after Wilson killed Michael Brown, including sending delegates to Michael’s funeral. It’s because of an accumulation of complaints filed with the DOJ that allege and demonstrate a pattern of violations of civil rights, such as the one involving Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden.

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson

On October 9, 2013, Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden stopped a pregnant woman for a traffic violation. On November 12, 2014, the tables were turned and Hayden was arrested. He faces four felony charges, including sexual contact with a prisoner and acceding to corruption by a public servant. Hayden is free on a $10,000 bail.

DNA analysis confirmed pubic hair on the inmate from Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden. Read the rest of this entry

Ferguson PD Caught Lying Again – Michael Brown’s Autopsy Condemns Officer Wilson (VIDEO)

This is very informative. Thank you.

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This is huge.  I wonder if the MSM will report this with as much fervor as they reported the Ferguson PD’s side?

Addicting Info

If you listened to the media reports this past week, it would appear that evidence had come forward to exonerate Officer Darren Wilson in the death of teen Michael Brown in August. It began when the St. Louis Dispatch ran an article titled “Official autopsy shows Michael Brown had close-range wound to his hand, marijuana in system” and quickly propagated throughout the net. If you read it, or the articles based on it, the impression was that the coroner who handled the autopsy had found that Michael Brown had attempted to grab Officer Wilson’s gun, and in so doing the officer was justified in the use of force which resulted in Michael’s death. They even included quotes from a forensics expert, Dr, Judy…

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