police brutality

  • Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last month. The Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation into the police practices in the St. Louis suburb. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
    September 4, 2014   BY Eric Tucker, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday night.

    The person said the investigation could be announced as early as Thursday afternoon. Missouri officials were notified Wednesday of the probe. Continue reading

  • Demonstrators march against police brutality in San Francisco in 2013. Photo by Flickr user Steve Rhodes
    August 29, 2014   BY Charles Pulliam-Moore 

    African Americans across the country, the CERD explained in a press conference, bear a disproportionate amount of the burden associated with economic and social disparity. Continue reading

  • Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images
    August 25, 2014  

    While mourners lay Michael Brown to rest, the meaning and impact of the death of the unarmed African-American teenager continues to provoke discourse around the nation. For insight on the debate over criminal justice and race, Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Starsky Wilson of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fredrick Harris of Columbia University and Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity. Continue reading

  • St. Louis County Law Enforcement Officers stand in riot gear during a protest of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Nearly two months later, an off-duty police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old black man Wednesday night in the St. Louis suburb of Shaw. Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images
    August 22, 2014   BY Ruth Tam and Hari Sreenivasan 

    Even with two investigations underway regarding Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., questions raised during two weeks of riots over the lethal use of police force are unlikely to fade. Did Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, abuse … Continue reading

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    August 21, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the governor of Missouri ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. A police officer was suspended for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at a crowd of protesters Tuesday night, and threatening to kill one of them. Also, a college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges. Continue reading

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    August 20, 2014  

    Amid protest and tension over the killing of Michael Brown, the residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are contemplating what the events in their community mean for them and the whole country. Hari Sreenivasan offers an array of voices from Ferguson. Continue reading

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    August 20, 2014  

    Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with the family of Michael Brown, as well as other community members, and receive an update from the FBI on the federal civil rights investigation of the shooting. Officials hoped more subdued overnight protests mean the violence that has plagued the St. Louis suburb is beginning to subside. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

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    August 19, 2014  

    To discuss the racial divide in reactions to the Ferguson protests, Judy Woodruff looks at data with Carroll Doherty of Pew Research Center. Ronald Hampton, former executive director of the National Black Police Association, and Gil Alba, former detective of the New York City Police Department, discuss the prospects for reconciling the Ferguson community after such upheaval. Continue reading

  • St. Louis cops shoot and kill man near Ferguson
    August 19, 2014  

    A new shooting threatened to inflame protests in Ferguson, Missouri. St. Louis police shot and killed a man after he robbed a market and confronted officers with a knife. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today about response to the new incident. The NewsHour’s Quinn Bowman reports on the disruption that the protests pose to the city’s children, who have been out of school all week. Continue reading

  • Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
    August 18, 2014  

    The St. Louis-area community is struggling to keep order and heal divisions after more than a week of unrest over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Judy Woodruff gets an update from Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today about the deployment of the National Guard, plus reaction from former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher and state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal. Continue reading

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