Law Forum : Ferguson Issues and Post-Michael Brown Movement (BLM) - Protests

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Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma Hog-Tied And Injured A Young Child, Lawsuit Alleges






WASHINGTON -- A Ferguson police officer who helped detain a journalist in a McDonald's earlier this month is in the midst of a civil rights lawsuit because he allegedly hog-tied a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mail at the end of his driveway.

According to a lawsuit filed in 2012 in Missouri federal court, Justin Cosma and another officer, Richard Carter, approached a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mailbox at the end of his driveway in June 2010. Cosma was an officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at the time, the lawsuit states. The pair asked the boy if he'd been playing on a nearby highway, and he replied no, according to the lawsuit.


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/24/justin-cosma-ferguson-police_n_5705409.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592


 
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... 11 to 12 shots fired, did Wilson re-load, there was pause?




An Audio Recording of the Michael Brown Shooting Has Reportedly Surfaced



What's thought to be an audio recording of the shooting death of Michael Brown has reportedly surfaced. According to CNN, an unidentified man, who has since been interviewed by the FBI, is said to have managed to record the incident in which Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson earlier this month, setting off a national firestorm.

The most notable tidbit from the short recording (and what will become subject to the most immediately scrutiny and parsing) is the existence of two distinct volleys of gunfire from Officer Darren Wilson's weapon. From CNN:


http://news.yahoo.com/audio-recording-michael-brown-shooting-reportedly-surfaced-110200309.html


Attorney: New audio reveals pause in gunfire when Michael Brown shot

The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson police on August 9, the man's attorney told CNN.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/26/us/michael-brown-ferguson-shooting/




 

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Ferguson shooting protests move to St. Louis




A member of the St. Louis Police Department blocks the doors of Thomas F. Eagleton federal courthouse as protesters demonstrate outside, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in St. Louis. About 100 protesters marched as they continue to press for broader reforms to local and federal law enforcement following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)



ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protests over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis migrated to the city Tuesday as demonstrators pressed for broad reforms to local and federal law enforcement — including the revival of a proposed civilian police oversight board.

About 100 protesters marched from City Hall to the downtown federal courthouse several blocks away to call attention not only to Brown's death on Aug. 9 but also the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell by St. Louis police 10 days later. Police have said Powell threatened two officers with a steak knife after stealing two energy drinks and a bag of doughnuts from a convenience store.


http://news.yahoo.com/ferguson-shooting-protests-move-st-louis-231842543.html



Experts: More facts needed on purported audio recording of Michael Brown shooting




“There's that pause, which is what gave me pause, when I first saw it,” Blumenthal told Yahoo News. “It was a pause so there was time to think about it and deliberate. That doesn't mean that I'm saying it helps one side or the other. But I do know that in a 12-second tape, where eight seconds of it is a shooting, a three-second delay is a significant period of time.”

http://news.yahoo.com/alleged-audio-recording-may-have-captured-fatal-shooting-of-michael-brown-193717404.html


 

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Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. Here’s why he probably won’t go to jail.



Scott Olson ... Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.


Demonstrators in St. Louis rally in support of Darren Wilson. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)


Police officers are subject to different rules about the use of deadly force than ordinary citizens. As my colleague Dara Lind explained at length, a police officer is allowed to use deadly force in two circumstances, both of which require the officer to determine that the target poses a threat to others. The first is when the officer believes that the target is directly threatening him or another person. The second is when the officer has probable cause to believe that the person is a suspect fleeing the scene of a violent felony.

That means that for Wilson's shooting to have been legally justified, he will need to credibly argue that he believed either (1) Brown was threatening his life or someone else's life, or (2) that Brown was fleeing from the commission of a violent felony.



http://www.vox.com/2014/8/27/6058071/darren-wilson-killed-michael-brown-here-s-why-he-probably-won-t-go-to





 

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Daughter of MLK seeks nonviolent Ferguson response


Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, talks with a group of students on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 26, 2014, at Riverview Gardens High School, about how angry she was growing up and how she is channeling that into nonviolent ways now. Photo by J.B. Forbes, [email protected]

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BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS • The youngest child of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leaned toward the 30 students facing her inside the library at Riverview Gardens High School on Tuesday. Many of them live near the epicenter of the chaos that erupted in Ferguson. It’s why Bernice King chose this school for this discussion ...


http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/daughter-of-mlk-seeks-nonviolent-ferguson-response/article_fe372a68-dea7-5005-bfa5-3f76fec909dc.html

 

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Critics lean on Holder



Eric Holder's Justice Department is coming under pressure to order sweeping changes to police operations in the United States.

Civil rights and community groups, as well as some lawmakers, are pushing the attorney general to take action to address racial and social problems that, they say, were exposed by the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

“We’re at our zero moment as a nation,” said Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a community-empowerment group. “If we continue to let this go unaddressed, we’re going to have Fergusons springing up all across the country.”



Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/216120-police-critics-lean-on-holder#ixzz3Bl3uK4qY
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Missouri governor names new public safety director



ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.

The governor said former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom II will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1. He will replace Jerry Lee, who resigned after almost three years as director.



http://news.yahoo.com/missouri-governor-names-public-safety-director-155216603.html


 

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Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests


A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants."



http://news.yahoo.com/missouri-police-sued-40-million-over-actions-ferguson-210639404.html
 

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... Finally, 3 weeks after the fact, and at a paid speech, Hillary speaks on Ferguson. To his credit, Al Sharpton had put all potential Presidential candidates on blast for making no public comments concerning the tragic death of Michael Brown ...




Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence On Ferguson



Hillary Clinton has broken her silence on Ferguson.



Speaking at a technology conference in San Francisco Thursday morning, Clinton addressed the death of Michael Brown, nearly three weeks after the unarmed teenager was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson in the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb.

"This summer, the eyes of our country and indeed of the world have been focused on one community in the middle of the American heartland: Ferguson, Missouri," Clinton said. "Watching the recent funeral for Michael Brown, as a mother, as a human being, my heart just broke for his family because losing a child is every parent's greatest fear and an unimaginable loss."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28/hillary-clinton-ferguson_n_5731470.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular


 

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... But will they receive pensions, is the question ...


Police officer resigns, another is fired after Ferguson incidents



(Reuters) - A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday.

Violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, drawing global attention to the state of race relations in the United States.


http://news.yahoo.com/police-officer-resigns-another-fired-ferguson-incidents-205554982.html




 

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