The US Justice Department is suing Ferguson, Missouri to force the city to adopt police reforms negotiated with the federal government.
Unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in the city in 2014, sparking protests. Ferguson was required to reform its policing after investigators found widespread racial bias in the force.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said there was no option but to sue after the city voted to revise the agreement.
CultureHISTORY: #ConcernedStudent1950 - The University of MIssouri Protests - November 2015
There is something fucking incredible happening at #Mizzou.
Sparked by a hunger strike by grad student Jonathan Butler(2nd photo), students, Mizzou Football players and coaches, and now #Mizzou faculty are protesting the inaction over racial incidents at the university post-#Ferguson. They are calling for the removal of the university president who many feel has not done enough to address the problems. (Note - Hashtag relates to the year that the first the black student attended Mizzou)
After a 2014 federal investigation into systemic abuses, the city and the Department of Justice came to a settlement on agreement. But on Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Justice Department is suing the city due to a recent city council vote.
All Hands on Deck - Art by Damon Davis in Ferguson
Damon Davis is an Emmy Award winning artist from St. Louis and traveling around the country to display his art.
“I tell stories that speak to the human experience. The hands you see are images I have captured of people who have shaped and upheld this movement. The peoples movement. It is our right – to be seen, to be heard…to be validated. It is our collective responsibility. The "All Hands On Deck” project is an ode to that diverse collective dedicated to protecting our human rights, no matter race, age or gender. “All Hands On Deck” is our charge - a call of action to stand with those who stand for us all.“
In today’s news: A young black kid in Ferguson ended up shot to death in his back yard, surrounded by police. Ferguson PD insisted it was suicide. Even though every witness on the scene claims the cops killed him and there’s an actual audio recording of him begging them not to shoot seconds beforehand.
No words any more; only The Oprah Winfrey Look of Sadness and Absolute Disgust
can cover it.
Ferguson activists and community members gather at the Ferguson Police Department and hold a candlelight vigil one year after Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that the Ferguson grand jury found no probable cause to indict Darren Wilson in the murder of Mike Brown.
On November 10, 2015, Canfield Green Apartments’ management removed the Mike Brown memorials from the middle of the street and the side of the road.
Mayor Knowles said the city was notified that morning that the memorials would be removed. He also said the memorials were removed because the city, the Canfield apartments, and the Brown family already came to an agreement on a permanent memorial (the plaque and dove embedded in the side of the road).
Activists and community members rebuilt the memorials later that day, only to have it removed again. On November 11, they showed up again ready to rebuild.
When the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown brought the nation’s attention to the small suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, people saw a majority-black population governed by an overwhelmingly white body of politicians and policed almost exclusively by white officers, many of whom lived far from the neighborhoods they patrolled. Further scrutiny uncovered deep racial divides in everything from housing to education.