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Edward Crawford, Ferguson protest hero in iconic photo, found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

  • Edward Crawford, the man many considered a hero of the Ferguson Uprising after he was photographed throwing a tear gas canister away from protesters, was found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday.
  • Pet the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Crawford, 27, was confirmed dead by his father and mother, who identified his body at a morgue on Friday. 
  • St. Louis police said Crawford had been complaining of distress to two women seated in the car, where he suddenly shot himself.
  • Crawford’s death came as a shock to his father, Edward Crawford Sr., who told the Post-Dispatch that he’d seen his son in good spirits two days before the shooting. “He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood,” the elder Crawford said. “He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job.” Read more (5/5/17)
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“Stop making it about race”

“Not all white people are racist”

“All lives matter”

“Reverse Racism exists”

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Run the Jewels drop some major truth a year after Ferguson

“Riots work.” At least, that’s according to Run the Jewels. In a video exclusive to the BBC, Killer Mike discussed how the events that unfolded on the streets of Ferguson last year forever changed the city for the better. And Ferguson’s own law enforcement actually agrees.

If you were not prepared to be put into compromising positions, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t see a black teenager in a hoodie without killing him, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t handle a black teenager refusing to come to your office without body slamming her into the ground and then dragging her, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t stop from shooting at a young black man who was accused of robbing a convenience store (which he didn’t), you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

If you couldn’t contain the situation without shooting when a black mans tail light was out and you felt threatened after you pulled him over, you shouldn’t have been a police officer.

No more excuses.

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Michael Brown surveillance footage sparks fresh protests in Ferguson

  • A group of protestors congregated outside of a liquor store in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday night after a documentary containing previously unreleased footage of police shooting victim Michael Brown aired at South by Southwest.
  • According to CNN, Stranger Fruit, which debuted at the Austin, Texas, festival on Saturday evening, featured footage of the unarmed black teen entering Ferguson Market and Liquor Store 11 hours before he was accused of robbing it in 2014.
  • Brown, 18, would later be gunned down by police for the purported crime in an instance of police violence that devastated a community and sparked nationwide riots.
  • Director Jason Pollock, previously told CNN that he thinks it likely that Brown did not rob the convenience store, but rather was involved in a drug deal with clerks who worked there. Read more (3/13/17 10:11 AM)

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Michael Brown’s parents reach settlement with Ferguson government

  • Michael Brown’s family has reached a settlement with the city of Ferguson, according to the Associated Press.
  • According to the New York Daily News, a Missouri federal judge approved the settlement, which did not disclose the dollar amount, on Tuesday. 
  • The family filed the suit. It accused Darren Wilson and Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson of wrongful death, excessive force and tampering with evidence.
  • The original suit sought $75,000 from the city. Though the final dollar amount was undisclosed, it can be no larger than $3 million, the city’s upper threshold on its insurance, according to STLToday. Read more (6/20/17)

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Darren Wilson called black people “n*ggers” on duty, lawyer denies it was derogatory

  • Former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson referred to black people as “niggers” while on duty, according to a December court filing obtained by the Washington Post.
  • The filing — part of a civil suit brought by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager Wilson killed in August 2014 — contains 173 sworn “admissions” from the former officer. 
  • Several of these include concessions that Wilson and his fellow police used the racial slur at work.
  • “You have used the word ‘nigger’ to refer to an African-American on at least one occasion,” Wilson was asked. “Admitted,” Wilson replied, through his attorney.
  • Wilson’s attorney, Greg Kloeppel, stated in an email to the Washington Post that Wilson only used the term when repeating or reporting what was said to him by a victim, witness or suspect during an investigation. Read more (3/14/17 11:25 AM)

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so ive been in saint louis for a week doing housing & urban policy research on institutions between 1896 and the 2014 execution of Mike Brown in Ferguson, for a stage/multimedia project and

i guess I’ll start off by saying I dined and drank with Michael Brown Sr., who through a random connection came over to our airbnb and talked about how he’s been and his entourage talked revolution with us and like

it was probably one of the most important conversations I’ll ever have??

to be looking someone who lost their son and had his narrative taken and blown up in media that led to a popular uprising - a series of events that I watched from Japan - to be sharing a bottle of rosé with him and just chit chatting. we’ve actually formally interviewed TONS of people (artists, activists, policy officials, historians, residents) - but he was the only we put down the camera and just talked with.

it’s just been overwhelming. all of this on top of spending 24/7 with other grad students and a professor. I’m glad I got to see @thisclosetodiscourse beforehand so I could recharge.

I think I’ll wait until I’m back home in North Carolina, safe in my room, where I’ll cry about this trip.