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Ferguson
11:13 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Commentary: What Will St. Louis Do Now To Combat Racism?

Credit File photo | Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

Once again we in this region are faced with racism and alleged racist actions to be determined by the courts in the month ahead. Sadly this is not new.

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Ferguson
11:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Coming To Grips With The Conflict, In Ferguson And Beyond

Arianna Whiteside stands in front of police officers in riot gear during a protest march to the Ferguson Police Department on Aug. 11.
Credit David Broome, UPI

Since Saturday’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown, St. Louisans have been trying to understand and deal with what happened.

How could a college-bound teenager with no history of violence or criminal behavior end up shot to death by a police officer in his own neighborhood? St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra and Tim Lloyd went to look for answers and to find out what people in Ferguson are doing to cope.

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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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Racial Disparities
3:10 am
Wed August 13, 2014

St. Louis Area Police Forces Are Less Diverse Than Communities They Serve, Statistics Show

Protesters are greeted by a wall of police officers after a march to the Ferguson police department on August 11, 2014. People are upset because of the Ferguson Police shooting and death of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. In all about 20 businesses sustained damage after a candlelight vigil turned violent.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI / UPI

The calls for greater representation of minorities in the region's law enforcement ranks have grown louder in the wake of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer. Protesters want to see more minorities especially in the police departments serving predominantly African-American communities.

Two-thirds of Ferguson’s residents are black, according to 2013 census records. But there are only three African Americans on the city’s 53-member police force. The city council is also predominantly white, as is the mayor.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

New Documentary Explores “White Flight” In Spanish Lake

Credit Brent Jones/St. Louis Public Radio

In 1990, the population of the Spanish Lake community in north St. Louis County was 80 percent white and 20 percent black. By 2010, the population was reversed: 80 percent was black and 20 percent was white.  Today, much of the township lies empty.

In what is being called an “unflinching” documentary, film director Phillip Andrew Morton takes a look at the causes of this population shift in the film "Spanish Lake.” It premieres Friday, June 13 at the Tivoli Theatre.

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Police Department
8:14 am
Wed September 4, 2013

St. Louis Police Officer Receives Racist Letter

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on a patrol car.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he’s frustrated and disappointed after learning a black officer received a racist letter through interdepartmental mail.

Dotson has ordered internal and criminal investigations after learning about the letter last week.

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4:58 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Washington Post: Missouri Has Highest Rate Of Black Homicide Death In America

The Washington Post has released a project this week entitled "Gun suicide and homicide: statistics shaped by race." In the project's interactive graphic, Missouri is listed, along with Washington, D.C. as the state/area with the highest rate of black homicide death in the nation. Explore more of the Post's work in this project via the link.
America's pattern of gun deaths is split across black and white, with the vast majority of whites dying from suicide and a similar proportion of blacks dying from homicide. A similar split occurs with more homicide in diverse urban cities and more suicide in the rural areas that are predominantly white.
Clay says federal help on the way
3:17 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Clay: Federal Help To Fight Crime On The Way

Congressman Lacy Clay (D-Mo) greets participants at a race and violence event in St. Louis on Saturday.
(Photo by Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

Congressman Lacy Clay of St. Louis says the federal government may soon be able to help local police as they try to combat crime in some parts of the city.


The St. Louis Police Department has recently reassigned some officers to so-called “hot spots” where violent crime continues to be a problem. Clay says there should be announcements in the next few months about combined federal-and-local crime-fighting efforts.

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Robertson Fire Protection District
12:58 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

St. Louis County fire supervisor: refusal to 'dig up dirt' on black employees brought retaliation

A federal lawsuit claims a white St. Louis County fire supervisor was retaliated against for refusing to "dig up dirt" on two black employees.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the U.S. Attorney's office filed the suit against the Robertson Fire Protection District on behalf of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The suit alleges that in 2004 or 2005, Chief David Tilley called then-Battalion Chief Steve Wilson into his office and used a racial slur when telling him to go through the computers of the black employees.

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Race / Law Enforcement
12:14 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

In Missouri, black drivers 72 percent more likely to be pulled over, report says

via Flickr/davidsonscott15

Updated 12:34 p.m. with link to full report and information about 2010 data.

Black motorists are stopped by Missouri law officers at an increasingly disproportionate rate.

An annual report released Friday by the attorney general found black drivers were 72 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2011. Black drivers were stopped 2.5 times more often than Hispanic drivers.

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