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Police in Ferguson Sued for $40M Over Brutality Claims

Police in Ferguson Sued for $40M Over Brutality Claims

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The five plaintiffs in the suit in St. Louis include a clinical social worker who [...]
Remember Michael Brown by Voting, Mourners SayST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that unfolded Monday was about much more than the Black 18-year-old who lay in the closed casket after being shot [...]
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Investigation of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson BeginsCHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against a White suburban police officer who fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown. State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account to present. Federal authorities also could [...]
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NFL Players Raise Hands in Solidarity With Michael Brown  LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The “Hands up, don’t shoot” protest has made its way to the NFL to a team that is dealing with a controversy over its name. Members of the Washington football team’s secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward. It was [...]
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It’s Time to Have a Deeper Talk About RaceDeep questions and frustrations relating to the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teenager, continued Monday, as residents in Ferguson, Missouri and the country expressed outrage at the firing of at least six bullets from a police department gun that ended his short life. Community and civil rights leaders joined residents in speaking out [...]
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Groups Work to End Racial Profiling in San Diego  Attorneys in San Diego – including the bar associations for African Americans and Latinos – are working with the city’s new police chief to reduce racial profiling in the Southern California city.  On Aug. 14, they and San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman released public service announcements, which include videos in English and Spanish, [...]
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‘Militarization’ of Police Takes Heat in FergusonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed Black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for “militarizing America’s Main Streets” and aggravating clashes between police and protesters. The Ferguson Police Department [...]
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In Memory: Emigdio Vasquez, Chicano Artist and PioneerLOS ANGELES (AP) — Emigdio Vasquez, whose bold use of color, exacting brush skills and uncanny ability to capture everyday people in dramatic moments made him one of the most influential pioneers of the Chicano art movement, has died in California. He was 75. The artist, who had been in declining health, died Saturday in [...]
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Was Ferguson a War Zone Because of Police, No Trust?FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets. The ugly clashes between police and protesters in this St. Louis suburb fueled a torrent of criticism and raised questions about whether the [...]
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A Kentucky Social Club Keeps African Americans ‘Together’The building that was once the Black high school in Lynch, Kentucky, now houses the Eastern Kentucky Social Club. But the social club began far away from here, in Cleveland, Ohio, when a couple of Eastern Kentucky boys were missing home. For nearly 45 years, the Eastern Kentucky Social Club has provided a connection among [...]
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