Rachel Lippmann


Lippmann returned to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball.


10:57 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

What Is The Status Of The Five Basic Demands Ferguson Protesters Are Making?

Credit Linda Lockhart | St. Louis Public Radio

In the nearly six weeks since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, demands for justice have been on the lips of thousands of protesters.

Every group has defined justice a bit differently, but there have been five common themes.

1. Officer Darren Wilson must be fired, arrested and prosecuted for the death of Michael Brown

2. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch must recuse himself from the case.

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St. Louis Board Of Aldermen
4:29 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

St. Louis Police Union Expresses Skepticism About Body Camera Proposal For City

Alderman Joe Vaccaro, right, in yellow, examines a body camera during a meeting of the St. Louis Ways and Means committee. The city's public safety department hopes to purchase 1,000 of the cameras, at a price tag of $1.2 million.
Credit Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

The union representing St. Louis police officers is raising questions about the proposed $1.2 million price tag for body cameras for the department.

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St. Louis Crimes
6:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Five Shootings, Six Dead In 18 Hours; Chief Dotson Renews Call For Gun Court

Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

Map updated to include identity of two additional victims.

St. Louis police are investigating a string of apparently unrelated shootings in the city that left six people dead over an 18-hour period.  

The violence began Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m., when two men with assault-style weapons opened fire on cars driving at Adelaide Ave. and Hall St. in the College Hill neighborhood. Donald White, who was driving home from work, was shot and killed, and at least two others were injured.

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7:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Holder: Visit To Ferguson Influenced Decision To Launch Probe Of Ferguson Police

Attorney General Eric Holder in Ferguson.
Credit Office of U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his conversations with residents of Ferguson during his visit two weeks ago influenced his decision to investigate the city’s police department.

Holder says he heard directly from residents and listening sessions “about the deep mistrust that has taken hold between law enforcement officials and members of the community. ... People consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents, from general policing practices, and from the lack of diversity on Ferguson’s police force.”

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Protests In Ferguson
9:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Just Who Were The Outside Agitators In Ferguson?

Clouds of tear gas hang over West Florissant Ave. on August 17, 2014, as police try to disperse a crowd they said had grown violent.
Credit (Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio)

It was after midnight on August 19 when Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson stepped to the microphone to give a nightly press briefing on the situation in Ferguson. And he was angry. 

"We are going to make this community whole, and we are going to do it together," he said. "I am not going to let the criminals who have come out here from across this country or live in this community define this neighborhood and define what we are going to do to make it right." 

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Michael Brown
1:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Police Credit Hard Work For Third Straight Night Of Calm In Ferguson

Roses have been added to the memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive.
Credit Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday brought another night of calm to the streets of Ferguson.

One group that numbered about 100 at its peak marched up and down West Florissant Avenue, adding drumbeats to familiar protest chants. But many others just mingled on the sidewalk without any interference from police.

"It's very peaceful tonight," said Evelyn Wellington, who was among the watchers. "The police aren't bothering anybody, nobody's bothering the police, they're allowing us to rally. I love this."

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Police Shooting
4:29 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

St. Louis Police Release Video, Calls From City Shooting

Screenshot of cell phone footage of the interaction between Powell and police seconds before he was shot.

Updated at 5:15 p.m. with comments from Chief Sam Dotson, Jeff Roorda, and Ald. Dionne Flowers.

On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.

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Michael Brown
2:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

On Fifth Night of Protests, Calm Settles Over Ferguson

Mo. State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson joins a march of youth and pastors to a looted QuikTrip in Ferguson on August 14, 2014.
Credit (Willis Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio)

The sound of honking horns became a symbol Thursday night along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.

It was the first night since Saturday -- the day Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer -- that traffic had been allowed to move freely along one of the main commercial strips in Ferguson. There was no line of police in riot gear and armored vehicles facing off against a crowd. The few officers spotted were in regular uniforms. The atmosphere felt more like a party than a protest.

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Michael Brown
3:10 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Fuel In The Ferguson Fire: Racial Makeup Of Police Force Makes A Difference

Just three of Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson's officers are black, in a town whose population is two-thirds African-American.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio)

In the days of protests that have followed the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, one fact has been repeated over and over again: Of the 50 or so police officers on the Ferguson Police Department, just three are African-American.

That means a majority white police force patrols a community that, according to the 2012 census estimates, is two-thirds black. 

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Michael Brown
7:06 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

On Day Of Updates, Some Questions Are Answered, Others Are Not

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson takes questions from local and national media on August 13, 2014.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 9:30 p.m. with details from Chief Belmar on Wednesday morning's officer-involved shooting.

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said he supports the city's call for limiting protests over the shooting death of an unarmed teenager to daylight hours only. 

Protests outside the police station and near the site of the shooting have been daily occurrences since Saturday, when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. Some of the demonstrations have been broken up by police using tear gas and rubber bullets.

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