Michael Brown
7:04 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

What Will It Take To End The Violence In Ferguson?

Protesters are met by a line of Missouri Highway Patrol members during a protest march in Ferguson on Aug. 11.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Most people want the nightly violence in the streets of Ferguson to end.

But getting there could take a while.

The protestors who have been gathering daily in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 say they just want justice done.

For many, that means seeing police officer Darren Wilson arrested and imprisoned.

But Washington University public health professor Darrell Hudson said short of that, providing more information about the investigations would help.

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6:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Nixon Sticking With McCulloch, Who Has No Plans To Step Out of Ferguson Case

County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch

(Updated 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon issued a statement late Tuesday to make clear that he has no plans to replace St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch as the head of the investigation into the Ferguson police shooting that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

To replace McCulloch, as some seek, would add "potential legal uncertainty'' that could affect any prosecution of the officer involved, Nixon said.

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Student Transfers
3:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

New Court Action Seeks To Expand Normandy Transfers

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

A lawyer who won the right for five students who live in Normandy to transfer again to an accredited school went to court Tuesday to force the Francis Howell school district to accept all Normandy transfers who want to return.

It also asks that two students who attended Ferguson-Florissant last year be allowed to return.

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Death Penalty
2:59 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Filing Seeks To Expedite Execution Information Suit

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A motion for judgment has been filed in a lawsuit accusing the state of violating Sunshine Laws for refusing to provide information related to Missouri executions.

The filing seeks to expedite a lawsuit filed earlier this year by stating there is no dispute in the core facts of the case, which calls on the court to order the Department of Corrections to release details about the drugs used in lethal injections. It also seeks to identify the pharmacies and laboratories that create and test the drugs.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

In Light Of Ferguson, How Do We Talk About Racism, Marginalization And Disempowerment?

On Sunday night protesters gather near Red the BBQ Man restaurant to defy curfew on West Florissant Avenue after a day of demonstrations in Ferguson.
Credit Stephanie Lecci / St. Louis Public Radio

Amy Hunter and Reena Hajat want to help us communicate. They want to improve the dialogue between people of different races in the city.  

“I think [the unrest in Ferguson was] a long time coming,” said Hajat, executive director of the Diversity Awareness Partnership, which helps community organizations navigate difficult conversations about race, racism, marginalization and disempowerment. She said the city has not been communicating well about racial issues for decades.

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4:29 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Tear Gas Flies Again In Ferguson, But Violence Is Reduced

Protesters came close to the police line, but the majority of marchers moved the crowd away.
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Despite the best efforts of community leaders to keep the crowd in check in Ferguson Monday night, police deployed tear gas, 31 people were arrested and two people were shot.

While there was no curfew in place, police dispersed the crowd shortly before midnight.

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Anger versus Justice
9:44 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Attorney General To Visit Ferguson As President Questions Police Use of Military Hardware

President Barack Obama addressed issues in Ferguson on Monday.
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Being careful not to prejudge the case involving the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, President Barack Obama appealed to the residents of Ferguson to help restore peace and calm to neighborhood streets shrouded in recent nights by clouds of tear gas, glass shards, bricks and bullet casings. Obama said that he understands the anger of many in the community, but quickly added that violence only undermines rather than advances justice.

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8:36 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Nixon Says National Guard Needed, But Are Troops Wanted?

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his decision to deploy Missouri National Guard troops to Ferguson.

Nixon issued a statement earlier this morning, announcing his decision to send in the Guard after what may have been the worst night of rioting since the protests began a week ago. Nixon explained his decision by citing "violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk."

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St. Louis on the Air
6:06 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Legal Debate: How Ferguson Case Might Proceed

A woman holds a sign reading "We are Michael Brown" in Ferguson amid police presence.
Credit David Broome, UPI

Deadly force. The right to assemble. Civil rights. Freedom of the press. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson more than a week ago has raised several legal issues and questions.

On Monday, the “St. Louis on the Air” Legal Roundtable discussed several of those issues.

Filing charges

If charges are going to be filed against Wilson, the next step is to present evidence to the grand jury.  

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Violence in Ferguson
5:58 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Locked In: One Family's Story From Behind The Front Lines

BreaDora, Marcus, their sister and their mother, Irma, in their living room Sunday night.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

When violence broke out in Ferguson late Sunday, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Stephanie Lecci and Durrie Bouscaren took refuge in a family’s home. Bouscaren asked them what life is like right now in the formerly quiet suburb.

We met the Moore family in the middle of the night, after running from tear gas and gunfire during Sunday night’s clash between police and protestors. Stranded miles away from our cars, we knocked on the door of a house with the lights still on. Irma Moore let us in.

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