Politics & Issues

Militarization Reviewed
2:21 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Ferguson Activists Get Their Say In The Oval Office; Obama Announces Plans For Reform

Ashley Yates and Tory Russell on the Global Grind
Credit YouTube screen capture

Ashley Yates’ meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office Monday began with a Twitter feed about a dead body in the street. That was Aug. 9, and her curiosity led her to where others were gathered near Michael Brown’s body. “And that led from there to trying to seek some answers and the next day being tear-gassed for the very first time,” she said in a phone interview Monday night.

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Implicit Bias
12:35 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Despite State Law, Police Departments In Missouri Still Struggle With Bias In Policing

Rich Anderson (left) with one of his Speed Factory Athletics runners at a 2013 competition
Credit via Facebook/Speed Factory Athletics

Since 2000, police departments in the state of Missouri have been required by law to report information about their traffic stops – including the race of the person pulled over. 

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Beyond Ferguson
8:59 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Ferguson Commission Feels Discomfort And Frustration About Brown's Death

Lydia Adams speaks during the public comment section of the Ferguson Commission meeting. Adams was one of numerous speakers during Monday's meeting in Ferguson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

If the Ferguson Commission wanted a frank discussion of St. Louis’ racial divide, Lydia Adams was ready to deliver it. 

“This Michael Brown case bust the discussion of race wide open in this nation and it needs to keep happening,” Adams said. “Because when you don’t talk about things, nothing happens. Talk about it to the point where it makes you uncomfortable.”

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Ferguson
5:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Police Groups Report Progress In Talks With Rams

St. Louis Rams logo
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The St. Louis Police Officers Association and the St. Louis County Police Association report progress following a meeting with leaders of the St. Louis Rams to discuss the public display by five players of the "hands-up-don't-shoot" gesture used by Ferguson protesters.

The St. Louis police group earlier had called the players’ actions “inflammatory’’ and anti-law enforcement.  The players were acting in support of Ferguson protesters, who have contended that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should have faced a trial after the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Ferguson
5:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Proposals Would Mandate Body Cameras, Diversity Training; Limit Tear Gas Use By Cops

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Two St. Louis County lawmakers are proposing numerous reforms for law enforcement officers in Missouri in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, says changes are needed to "protect Missouri citizens from being abused by overzealous law enforcement." She's planning to file a bill that would:

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On The Streets
2:09 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

St. Louis Faith Leaders Talk About Hope And Not Giving Up Quest For Justice

Tasha Davis executive pastor at the Flood Christian church, leads prayer.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Tasha Davis, executive pastor at the Flood Christian Church, started Sunday service as she usually does, with prayer. But this Sunday’s service was different.

Just feet away, the cinder block building that once housed the Flood Christian Church is destroyed, still marked with black ash from a fire set during chaos last Monday evening. That night, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch had announced the grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:10 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

President Discusses Law Enforcement Issues Related To Ferguson

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama spent most of Monday talking to officials about law enforcement and civil rights issues that are gaining traction following events in Ferguson.

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Ferguson
12:46 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Church Leaders Look To Educate, Encourage And Calm St. Louis Parishioners

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 2:00 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This morning's news takes us around the world in protest. We'll hear in the next few minutes about acts of protest and the response in Hong Kong, online and near Ferguson, Missouri.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

CROWD: (Chanting) No justice, no football. No justice, no football.

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Missouri General Assembly
11:02 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Update: Gov. Nixon Drops Plans To Call A Special Session

Missouri National Guard members pick up their belongings as they plan their stay at a firehouse in St. Louis during a snowstorm on Nov. 26.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated 3:05 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon telephoned legislative leaders Monday afternoon to tell them that he now agrees that there's no need of a special session to allocate more money to pay the extra costs incurred by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the National Guard in their expanded law-enforcement roles prompted by the Aug. 9 police shooting in Ferguson.

House Speaker-elect John Diehl, R-Town and Country, was among the handful of Republican leaders and aides on the 2 p.m. call with Nixon, a Democrat.

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Race And Policy
8:11 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Preview: Ferguson Commission's First Meeting Will Emphasize Listening

Credit Screen capture from official Ferguson Commission website, stlpositivechange.org

Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Commission meets for the first time from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, at the Ferguson Community Center.

Although the meeting is five-hours long, Ferguson Commission co-chairs Rich McClure and the Rev. Starsky Wilson recommended that the public stay the whole time in order to get to know the commissioners and have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

McClure said the commission’s purpose is to listen to the public just as much as it is to make recommendations.

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