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Carnival of Injustice
3:45 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Protesters March In Clayton 101 Days After The Death of Michael Brown

Protesters gathered in Clayton Monday — 101 days after the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9.
Credit Emanuele Berry//St. Louis Public Radio

It has been 101 days since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and protesters continue to call for justice.

About 50 protesters gathered Monday in Clayton for the “Carnival of Injustice,” a theatrical protest that organizer Elizabeth Vega hoped would engage people in activist satire and start a dialogue.

"You know the tension is palpable," Vega said. "This is the carnival of injustice, so if we don't laugh we'll cry."

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Ferguson Protests
7:33 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

As St. Louis Prepares For Grand Jury Decision, Protesters Hold Trainings

Activist Lisa Fithian leads a training session at Greater St. Mark's Church in Dellwood.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

In Ferguson, nearly every store window is boarded up along West Florissant Avenue. Police department have stocked riot gear and held trainings to respond to potential civil unrest. And protesters have held sessions to organize their own response.

In many ways, it feels as though the St. Louis region is holding its breath awaiting the grand jury’s decision over whether the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown will face charges.

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Issues Not Resolved
11:12 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Mayor Slay Meets With Protesters

Protesters file through metal detectors at City Hall in St. Louis, during a day of demonstrations for the Ferguson October weekend.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay met Thursday with youth activist leaders to address a set of demands presented to him on Monday, when protesters stormed City Hall.

The demands include a civilian review board for police and independent reviews for officer shootings resulting in fatalities. Protesters also want all city police to be equipped with body cameras, and for police to give up any military equipment acquired through the Pentagon's 1033 program.

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Ferguson spokesman
2:51 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Devin James Discusses Ferguson's Response Plans, His Criminal Record

Devin James said he is still serving as spokesman for the city of Ferguson on a pro-bono basis, though the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership fired him after it learned of his criminal record.
Credit Rebecca Smith

Ferguson officials are working on plans to alert residents in case of future unrest, according to public relations strategist Devin James, who said he still represents the city on a pro-bono basis.

"Say for example, if there is an outbreak of something that goes on tonight and a protest goes from peaceful to violent, what are we supposed to tell residents to do? Are we supposed to tell them to evacuate, the National Guard is coming in? So a lot of those type of conversations are what they're working on now," James said.

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Ferguson Protest
2:28 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Uneasy Peace Holds in Ferguson During Protest March

Ferguson Police Lt. Craig Rettke is confronted by two protestors in the middle of S. Florissant Road Sunday night.
Credit Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

An at-times uneasy peace held Sunday night between police and protesters, just one night after shots unrelated to demonstrations were fired at two area police officers, hitting one.

More than 150 protesters gathered Sunday for a march outside the Ferguson Police Department on S. Florissant Road, chanting and banging out rhythms on pots, drums and tambourines. Cars driving by honked in seeming support.

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Heightened Tension
4:51 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Two Officers Shot At In North County, Feeding Ferguson Tensions Though No Protest Connection Found

The scene at Stein and West Florissant after protesters had moved across the street
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 2 p.m. Sunday September 28, 2014 with further details from St. Louis County Police.)

Overnight, two area police officers were shot at — a Ferguson officer wounded in an encounter near the Ferguson Community Center, and a St. Louis officer injured by flying glass when his car was hit by gunfire on Interstate 70 near Interstate 170.

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High School Walkout
7:55 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Vashon Students Protest Over Substitute Teachers, Textbooks

Vashon High School freshman Rochelle Mason joined other students in a walk-out over substitute teachers and quality resources.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

About 100 students from St. Louis' Vashon High School walked out of classes Friday morning to demand more full-time teachers and better textbooks.

The students also were upset about certain school policies and the hiring of a new principal.

Vashon has been under scrutiny after it earned only 28 percent of available points on the most recent report card from the state.

Substitute teachers 

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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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Ferguson police
5:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How Officers Are Trained To Control A Crowd

Protesters are greeted by lines of State and County police during a demonstration march on the Ferguson police station in Ferguson on August 11, 2014.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

Armored cars, rubber bullets, riot shields and K-9 units have had a regular presence at demonstrations in Ferguson over the past week since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown.

 

Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon put the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge in Ferguson and called for a softer tone in the police presence.

Many are wondering if the police went overboard in using force against the crowds that have gathered in Ferguson every evening since Brown's death.

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Korean Ferry Disaster
4:21 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Ferry Disaster Hits Close To Home For St. Louis Korean Community

Demonstrators from St. Louis' Korean community handed out fliers on Lagoon Dr. of Forrest Park on Sunday.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Dozens of Korean protestors demonstrated in Forest Park Sunday, wearing black to mourn the victims of last month's ferry disaster in South Korea, which killed more than 300 students and others.

They also called for an investigation into the  South Korean government's mishandled rescue attempts. Their anger and frustration, which has been growing among the Korean communities worldwide, came shortly before South Korea's president announced she will disband the country's Coast Guard over its response to the tragedy.

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