Michael Brown’s father to call for reopening investigation
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — On the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, his father will publicly call for reopening the investigation into the white police officer who fatally shot the...
Ferguson: 5 years later, racial tension lingers nationally
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's death at the hands of a white Missouri police officer stands as a seismic moment in American race relations. The fledgling Black Lives Matter movement found...
Michael Brown’s father wants investigation reopened
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The father of Michael Brown is seeking a new investigation of the white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot the black and unarmed teenager nearly five years...
Michael Brown’s mother loses Ferguson City Council race
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's mother was defeated Tuesday in her bid for a seat on the City Council in Ferguson, Missouri, where her son died in a police shooting that helped give rise to...
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, running for Ferguson City Council (all times local):
Ferguson, Missouri, city manager resigns after 3 years
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The man who took over as Ferguson's city manager while the St. Louis suburb was still in turmoil after Michael Brown's death has resigned.
Mayor James Knowles III said in a statement Monday that De'Carlon Seewood's resignation is effective March 1. Seewood is a finalist for a job in Georgia.
Man active in Ferguson protests dies; cause unknown
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death for a man who frequently protested in Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Bassem Masri of Chesterfield died Tuesday after being found unresponsive on a bus in Bridgeton. Someone on the bus tried unsuccessfully to perform CPR.
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's office says there was no trauma and nothing immediately suspicious.
Ferguson’s police chief leaving to tend to ailing mother
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Delrish Moss, who took over as police chief in Ferguson as the town still grappled with the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, is leaving at the end of this month.
Mayor James Knowles III said Wednesday that Moss will return to Florida to care for his ailing mother. Deputy Chief Frank McCall will lead the department in the St. Louis suburb until a permanent replacement is named.
Text and phone messages seeking comment from Moss and Knowles were not returned.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's father and a few dozen other people gathered in Ferguson on the eve of the fourth anniversary of his son's death and rebuilt a makeshift memorial.
Pardon sought for Missouri protester who got 8-year sentence
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri legislator is asking the governor to pardon a man who was sentenced to eight years in prison for starting a fire at a store during a protest over a fatal officer-involved shooting.
Democratic Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. said Tuesday that the prison sentence given to Joshua Williams was "harsh." A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Mike Parson said he was traveling and wasn't immediately available for comment.
Judge cites substantial progress in Ferguson reforms
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The federal judge overseeing a reform agreement between Ferguson, Missouri, and the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that she has seen substantial progress in efforts to...
Monitor: Ferguson needs more staff to implement policies
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress toward racial reforms but risks falling behind if additional staff isn't hired to implement new policies, the court-appointed monitor overseeing the city's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice told a federal judge Tuesday.
Monitor Natashia Tidwell, a Boston attorney, told U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry that new police and municipal court policies are being established, but putting change into practice is happening too slowly.
Ferguson reviewing nearly 8,000 old court cases
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is reviewing nearly 8,000 municipal court cases from before 2014 to determine which should be thrown out, a process expected to take about six months, the attorney for the St. Louis suburb told a federal judge Tuesday.
Police give room to St. Louis protests until trouble starts
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police have given demonstrators in the latest St. Louis protests a wide berth, applying a lesson learned in nearby Ferguson to offer protesters ample room to have their say, at least until trouble starts.
But critics complain that the tactic comes with an unjust catch: If vandalism or rock throwing begin, officers order crowds to disperse and block all exits. The result, they say, is an arrest net that sweeps up journalists, bystanders and peaceful demonstrators.
Federal appeals court agrees to rehear Ferguson lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court will rehear a lawsuit stemming from the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Tuesday to hear Dorian Johnson's lawsuit.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — More than two dozen people gathered to rebuild a makeshift memorial to a black 18-year-old Ferguson resident who was killed three years ago by a white police officer.
Residents and community activists met Tuesday night on the Ferguson street where Michael Brown Jr. was shot to death by then-officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014.
The shooting sparked months of protests and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that found racial bias in Ferguson's police and court system
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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the opening of a new job training and education center in Ferguson nearly three years after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown (all times local):
The new Ferguson Community Empowerment Center is now open for its first day, and it's already paid for.
Appeals court lets suit by Michael Brown’s friend press on
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's refusal to throw out a lawsuit questioning a Ferguson police officer's use of force against the man who was with Michael Brown when that officer shot Brown to death three years ago.
A look at recent settlements in fatal police encounters
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, this week agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with the parents of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in 2014.
The federal judge who approved the settlement on Tuesday sealed details of it, but Ferguson City Attorney Apollo Carey said Friday in response to an open records request from The Associated Press that the city's insurance company paid $1.5 million.
Ferguson attorney: Brown family settlement $1.5 million
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The $1.5 million awarded this week to the parents of Michael Brown is the latest of several large settlements involving killings of black people by police, but it's far from the largest.
Ferguson making progress, Justice Department attorneys say
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress in the effort to end racial bias in police and court practices, but the city needs to be more transparent, attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice told a federal judge Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry heard an update on a consent agreement reached in 2016. The St. Louis suburb has been under scrutiny since the August 2014 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson.
Settlement reached in lawsuit over Michael Brown’s death
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, whose fatal shooting by a white police officer nearly three years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, set off months of protests.
Financial terms of the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber were not disclosed. Anthony Gray, the attorney for Brown's parents, declined comment, as did Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.
Missouri report: Black drivers more likely to be pulled over
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — New data released Wednesday show black drivers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely than whites to be pulled over last year, the highest level since the state began compiling data on traffic stops 17 years ago.
The 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by a white officer, Darren Wilson, in August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the U.S. Justice Department opted against civil rights charges. Wilson later resigned.
The death of Brown, who was unarmed, led to months of occasionally violent protests and became a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, which rebukes police treatment of minorities.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson, Missouri, is making "meaningful progress" in enacting policing and court reforms agreed upon with the U.S. government after Michael Brown's 2014 police shooting death, a Justice Department attorney said during a status hearing on the consent decree.
Man gets 25 years for shooting 2 cops in Ferguson protest
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man convicted of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in the fallout over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison.
Jeffrey Williams, 22, was found guilty in December of first-degree assault and other crimes for the shooting on March 12, 2015. Jerryl Christmas, Williams' attorney, said an appeal is likely.
Latest: Filmmaker defends use of surveillance video
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on reaction to footage from a new documentary on the 2014 Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, (all times local):
A filmmaker is denying that surveillance video in his documentary about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, was edited in a deceptive way.
Man convicted of looting store after Michael Brown’s death
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County man has been found guilty of looting a Foot Locker store during riots that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2mg3G0X ) reports that 30-year-old Steven Martin of Jennings was convicted Wednesday of second-degree burglary for stealing shoes on Aug. 11, 2014.
Ferguson draws criticism for using Humvee for drug education
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are facing criticism for using a Humvee in a police program to educate children about the dangers of drugs.
Some residents told the city council Tuesday that using a Humvee for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is insensitive. Police vehicles, including Humvees, were used to keep the peace during sometimes violent protests following the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown.
Incumbent Ferguson mayor faces opposition in April election
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man who was the face of Ferguson, Missouri, in the turmoil that followed the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has opposition in his re-election bid.
The St. Louis suburb announced Thursday that two candidates are running for mayor in the April 4 election — incumbent James Knowles III and councilwoman Ella Jones. The election is nonpartisan.
Michael Brown’s family fights Ferguson push for his records
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's parents are objecting to a request from Ferguson for their son's medical and academic records as the city defends itself against a lawsuit the parents filed over the 2014 police shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old.
Judge upholds secrecy in Ferguson grand juror lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown cannot speak out about her experience, a Missouri judge has ruled.
St. Louis County Circuit Judge Ellen Ribaudo said in a ruling Tuesday that the grand jury process "depends upon secrecy and anonymity."
Missouri family court, DOJ reach deal over racial inequities
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County's family court and the U.S. government have reached a deal meant to resolve allegations that black youth are treated more harshly than whites and that juveniles often are deprived of constitutional rights.
Wednesday's announcement came after more than a year of bargaining to resolve what the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division called its "findings of serious and systemic violations of juvenile due process and equal protection rights."
Federal judge gets update on Ferguson’s progress
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One day after Ferguson residents heard an update on racial reform efforts in their community, a federal judge got an update of her own.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry held a hearing Tuesday to hear about efforts to eliminate racial bias and create more diversity in the St. Louis suburb that came under scrutiny following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014.
Missouri high court won’t hear Ferguson-related lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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.
Ferguson emerges as factor in Missouri governor’s race
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two years later, the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson remains so politically sensitive that it has been injected into Missouri's gubernatorial campaign.
Former head of officers’ group pleads guilty to fraud
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis police sergeant has pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing more than $80,000 from the organization for black police officers that he once led.
Darren Randal Wilson pleaded guilty to nine counts Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of 12 to 18 months when he is sentenced on Dec. 12.
Police probe shooting death of Ferguson activist Seals
RIVERVIEW, Mo. (AP) — A 29-year-old man who police say was fatally shot before his body was found in a burning vehicle near St. Louis was a highly visible activist during protests over the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
St. Louis County police say Daren Seals' body was found early Tuesday in Riverview near Ferguson. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities spelled his name as Daren, but other records show it as Darren.
Judge declines to widen access to Ferguson grand jury detail
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge presiding over the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Michael Brown's parents declined to expand the number of people who can see sensitive grand jury details related to Brown's 2014 death in Ferguson.
U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber on Tuesday rejected a request by Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, to let three more of her attorneys see what Webber calls the "highly sensitive" information.
Attorneys clash over document release in Ferguson lawsuit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the wrongful-death lawsuit by Michael Brown's parents cite recent ambushes of police in Texas and Louisiana among reasons against expanding who can see sensitive grand jury details related to Brown's 2014 death in Ferguson.
Latest: Protests in Ferguson on anniversary of Brown’s death
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the second anniversary of the death of Michael Brown (all times local):
A small group of protesters has taken to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, on the second anniversary of Michael Brown's death.
A few dozen people marched Tuesday night from the site on Canfield Drive where the unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a police officer to a busy intersection that's been the site of protests...
Voters in Ferguson, Missouri, approve 2nd tax increase
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — For the second time in four months, voters in Ferguson have approved a tax increase to help the St. Louis suburb rebound from the financial hit it took following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.
Voters on Tuesday approved a 2 percent hike in the business license utility tax, creating an additional $700,000 annually. City Manager De'Carlon Seewood says the money will allow the hiring of five police officers, avoid firefighter layoffs and...
Ferguson voters to again consider tax increase
Voters in Ferguson will be asked in August for the third time this year to approve a tax increase as the St. Louis suburb continues to try and rebound from fallout of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.
The proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot would raise the city utility tax by 2 percent. Mayor James Knowles III said the tax increase would generate an estimated $700,000 annually. It's among several proposals around the state facing local voters.
No charges for St. Louis officers who killed suspect in 2015
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis police officers will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old suspect, after a special prosecutor ruled Tuesday that the officers acted in self-defense.
Isaac Holmes was killed in January 2015 after a stolen Chevrolet Monte Carlo sped away from police and crashed into a wall. Police Chief Sam Dotson said at the time that as the two officers approached the wreckage, Holmes emerged with a submachine gun capable of shooting nearly...