BREAKING: Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Two Officers in Ferguson, Police Say

Missouri Highway Patrol takes over the Ferguson protests

The police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference later Sunday to announce the arrest

FERGUSON, Mo. — The St. Louis County police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting of two police officers outside of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday morning, a police spokesman said Sunday.

The police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference later Sunday to announce the arrest.

The two officers — one from the county police and the other from the nearby Webster Groves department — were standing shoulder to shoulder as part of a protective line facing demonstrators across the street. At least three gunshots came from a distance behind the demonstrators, as much as 125 yards away, the authorities said.

The demonstration followed an announcement that the police chief in Ferguson, Thomas Jackson, was resigning, the latest senior city administrator to step down after a Justice Department report accused the city of using its municipal court and police force as moneymaking tools that routinely violated constitutional rights and disproportionately targeted blacks. The municipal judge and city manager, as well as the top court clerk and two police supervisors, have stepped down in the wake of the report’s release last week. Read the rest of this entry »


Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Decision in Michael Brown’s Shooting

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Law Enforcement, Businesses Prepare for Possible Unrest With Decision on Whether to Indict Police Officer

Ben Keeling writes: Workers are boarding up windows in Ferguson, Mo., and police are re-stocking tear gas as they prepare for civil unrest that could follow a grand jury decision on whether to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old.

“Commanders in our department have been meeting almost daily,” said  “We don’t really know what to expect, but as a police department it’s our job to prepare ourselves. We can’t be caught off guard one way or another.”

— Brian Schellman, spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department

 Soon after the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, a grand jury began deciding whether to indict the officer for his role in the death. The jury, which has been meeting weekly for the most part, could make a decision as early as mid-November, the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office said.

“Folks are outraged not only by the killing of Mike Brown, but the government’s handling of the case,” Mr. Marcano said. “I think you’ll see some level of anger no matter what the charge is.”

And as the nation awaits that decision, those on the ground are making preparations. “We’ve been doing board-ups for probably the past month, the phone’s been ringing off the hook,” said Brian Krieger, owner of American Board Up and Construction Services in St. Louis. “I’ve already purchased 500 sheets of plywood.”

He said he expects work to increase in the coming days as businesses, especially those in the Ferguson area, take precautions for the announcement. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Ferguson Police Officer SHOT; Details Still Emerging…UPDATE [VIDEO]

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(Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen, via AP)

(Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen, via AP)

A Ferguson police officer was shot Saturday night, according to St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman. The officer, a woman, is still alive, Schellman said…

Developing…

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UPDATE [VIDEO] NEWS 4 KMOV.COM

UPDATE: (CNN) 

Ferguson, Missouri, police officer shot, official says

A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was shot Saturday evening, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman.

The officer was shot in the arm. His injuries are non-life-threatening and he is in the hospital, said Ferguson police spokesman Tim Zoll.

Police said that the officer was shot near the Ferguson community center, an area which has not been the focus of protests over the Michael Brown shooting.

The suspect remains at large, he said.

Police from multiple forces in the area responded to the scene on West Florissant Road, set up a staging area, KMOV reported…(more) 

“…Such rhetoric only ensures that more young black men resist legitimate arrests and escalate police encounters into more fateful territory.”

— Heather Mac Donald

See Heather Mac Donald’s essay – click through to City Journal for the full article.

UPDATE: ABC News- Associated Press 

(still not much information available..developing)

Authorities said a police officer was shot Saturday night in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of racial unrest in the wake of the August shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Tim Zoll of the Ferguson Police Department told KSDK-TV that the officer was shot in the arm. Read the rest of this entry »


Police Identify Officer in Michael Brown Shooting, UPDATE: Brown Primary Suspect in Convenience Store Robbery Moments Before he was Killed

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

FERGUSON, Mo. — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager identified the officer on Friday as Darren Wilson.

“We’re here to serve and protect. We’re not here to instill fear.”

— Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement after initially declining to the release the name, saying the officer had received numerous death threats. The officer has been on administrative leave since the shooting Saturday of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has sparked several days of clashes with furious protesters.

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 13. Reuters

“All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas. This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”Police Shooting Missouri

— Pedro Smith, protester 

But on Thursday, county police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of peaceful protesters. The dramatic shift came after Gov. Jay Nixon assigned oversight of the protests to the state Highway Patrol, stripping that authority from the St. Louis County Police Department.

Michael Brown was a robbery suspect before he was shot to death, police say

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CNN reports: Police named the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown on Friday, then released documents containing a bombshell: The 18-year-old was the “primary suspect” in the robbery of a convenience store moments before he was killed.

Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department, was responding to that call when he encountered Brown, police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters.

According to the documents, Brown roughly handled a clerk trying to stop him before walking out of the store with a box of Swisher Sweets cigars…(read more)

“All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas,” Pedro Smith, who has participated in the nightly protests, said Thursday. “This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”

People drive down the street honking their horns, raising their arms and holding signs in Ferguson on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

People drive down the street honking their horns, raising their arms and holding signs in Ferguson on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

The more tolerant response came as President Barack Obama spoke publicly for the first time about Saturday’s fatal shooting — and the subsequent violence that shocked the nation and threatened to tear apart Ferguson, a town of 21,000 that is nearly 70 percent black and patrolled by a nearly all-white police force. Read the rest of this entry »