Rachel Lippmann

Reporter

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.

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Ferguson Protests
6:39 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Black Friday Protest Pauses Shopping At Several St. Louis Malls

Protesters at the St. Louis Galleria staged a four-and-a-half minute "die-in" on Nov. 28 to commemorate the four and a half hours that Michael Brown's body lay on the ground after he was shot.
Credit Emanuele Berry/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at midnight

Shoppers who wanted to find some deals at the St. Louis Galleria found themselves out of luck Friday, as the mall temporarily closed its doors following a peaceful protest over the grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

About 200 protesters marched, sang, and chanted for nearly two hours. Police stood back and allowed the protests to happen. There were no arrests reported. A large number of stores locked their doors during the demonstration.

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One Shot Or Two
7:20 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Eight Things That Stuck Out To Us In The Pile Of Grand Jury Evidence

A photo of Wilson's car door. You can see where a bullet has entered near the handle, as well as some blood nearby.
Credit Grand jury evidence

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch released more than 5,000 pages of testimony, forensic evidence and investigative reports after announcing that there would be no indictment of officer Darren Wilson.

We've spent the past few days combing through the documents and found several things that raised our eyebrows.

1. In the initial investigative report, Wilson said he only shot once in the car. He told the grand jury it was twice.

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Ferguson grand jury
7:05 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Public Release Of Evidence Provides Some Clarity In Michael Brown Shooting

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announces that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for the death of Michael Brown
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

After St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday that a grand jury had decided not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with a crime in the August death of Michael Brown, he carried out his promise to release thousands of pages of grand jury testimony and evidence.  

St. Louis Public Radio has made it all available for you to view. Reporters have been evaluating it as well. Here are some of the take-aways:

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Grand jury decision
12:53 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Leaders Respond To Grand Jury's Non-Indictment

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks Monday at a news conference before the grand jury announcement.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Within minutes after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that the grand jury did not recommend that Darren Wilson face indictment for the shooting death of Michael Brown, reactions from area politicians came quickly. 

Before and after the grand jury’s decision was made public, area officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.

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Michael Brown Protests
3:39 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Red Cross Ready To Respond If Needed In Ferguson

A Red Cross volunteer distributes food in Ferguson in August. The agency says it is prepared to offer its services again in Ferguson after the grand jury reaches a decision in the Darren Wilson case.
Credit Courtesy of the American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis

The American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis says it is ready to provide whatever services are needed in the aftermath of the anticipated grand jury decision of whether or not to charge Darren Wilson with a crime.

The protests that erupted following the August shooting death of Michael Brown left many families in the Ferguson area struggling to meet basic needs, said Red Cross chief executive officer Cindy Erickson.  The Red Cross partnered with other area relief agencies to set up a respite center where people could get supplies and services. 

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Michael Brown Shooting
2:19 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

With Grand Jury Decision Looming, Nixon Declares State Of Emergency

Gov. Jay Nixon announces his intention to use the National Guard to assist with protests in Ferguson on Nov. 11, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

(Updated at 9 p.m., Mon., Nov. 17)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown. 

"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.

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Michael Brown Shooting
6:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Nixon Pledges Safety For Protesters And Community In Wake Of Grand Jury Decision

Surrounded by state and local law enforcement Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced public safety plans for anticipated protests in the aftermath of the grand jury decision.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has pledged zero tolerance for violence in anticipation of protests when the grand jury investigating the August shooting death of Michael Brown releases its decision later this month. But he and law enforcement officials at a Tuesday press conference made it clear that they want to protect both protesters and others' safety and property. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:18 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Judge Declares Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Lilly Leyh and Sadie Pierce were the first couple in St. Louis to get their marriage license after a state court judge struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage on Nov. 5. A federal court did the same on Nov. 7
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from plaintiff Kyle Lawson.

Two days after a state judge in St. Louis came to the same conclusion, a federal judge in Kansas City has struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Mobile Justice
4:17 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

ACLU Unveils New Tool To Monitor Police

A screenshot of the "Mobile Justice" app, unveiled Nov. 11 by the ACLU of Missouri
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

When the St. Louis County grand jury completes its investigation into the death of Michael Brown, protests are expected to erupt. And now, the people who participate have a new tool to monitor police.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri unveiled a tool Thursday that allows people to monitor the interactions between police and citizens with their smart phones.

 

"People have told us they don't feel protected," said Jeffrey Mittman, the ACLU of Missouri's executive director. "This app will empower Missourians who have traditionally felt powerless." 

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2014 General Election
12:45 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Stenger Edges Out Stream In Expensive Nail-Biter For County Executive

Steve Stenger celebrates a victory.
Credit Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

Democrat Steve Stenger eked out a narrow victory Tuesday for St. Louis County executive, becoming one of the few major Democratic wins – regionally or nationally.

After trailing for much of the vote-counting, Stenger ended up with an edge of 1,768 votes over Republican Rick Stream. That amounted to less than 1 percent of the roughly 294,000 votes cast.

"I want to say 'thank you' to the voters of St. Louis County who have placed their confidence in me to turn their county around, and to move our county forward and upward,'' Stenger said in a brief victory speech.

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