Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:03 am
In the weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., protesters gathered daily at the site of a burned-out convenience store.
About a block away, the empty lot of a boarded-up restaurant became the campsite for a group of young activists called the Lost Voices. During the protests, the group "invited all the people who can't come out every day and wanted to share the experience with us," says Lenard Smith.
An Amnesty International report released today addresses human rights concerns raised by how protesters in Ferguson were treated by law enforcement.
In a press release, Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA said that “what Amnesty International witnessed in Missouri on the ground this summer underscored that human rights abuses do not just happen across borders and oceans.”
The timing of the latest leaks about the Ferguson police shooting may make some sense, with the St. Louis County grand jury expected to complete its work within weeks.
“They already know the decision, and they’re trying to prepare people for it,’’ said one source close to the investigation.
That's in line with what former county police chief, Tim Fitch, told KMOX radio. He said that an indictment was unlikely and the leaks are an attempt "to start getting some of the facts out there to kind of let people down slowly."
Black-owned galleries display African-American art all year long. Many others tend bring out such work only during February, Black History Month. But that’s changing.
Recent shows bucking the trend include an exhibit opening Friday at the Philip Slein Gallery in the Central West End. African-American-themed work from private St. Louis homes comprises “Other Ways, Other Times: Influences of African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections.”
The Ferguson community looked to move forward Tuesday evening, at the last in a series of town hall meetings run by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said the last meeting was drastically different from the first town hall, held about a month ago.
“That very first meeting was a lot of venting and frustrations. There was still a lot of anger,” he said. “There are still frustrations, but you know, I just left hugging someone who was screaming at me for the first three or four meetings.”
Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known as Cedric “The Entertainer,” spent several of his formative years in St. Louis.
He was born in Jefferson City and moved to Berkeley, in north St. Louis County, after junior high school.
Kyles got his start in comedy by working in clubs in the St. Louis area and his career took off when he appeared on “It's Showtime at the Apollo,” a show he would eventually host. He also performed on “Def Comedy Jam.” His first acting role was on “The Steve Harvey Show” as the lovable P.E. teacher and Harvey’s sidekick, Cedric.
Better Together's studies gained some attention before Michael Brown's death. While their broader goal of easing regional fragmentation may receive some traction, there may be less emphasis on merging St. Louis and St. Louis County and more focus on internal changes to certain cities or towns.