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The U.S. Department of Justice says St. Louis County police need to strengthen policies for handling protests and demonstrations, improve training on diversity and community policing, and do a better job of hiring and promoting minorities and women.

  The city of Ferguson has turned to a Fortune 500 company based in the St. Louis suburb for financial assistance.

Ferguson's finances were deteriorating before Michael Brown's shooting death by police spurred protests and looting.

Board Bars St. Louis County Police Use of Dogs on Crowds

Sep 18, 2015
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 St. Louis County's police board has signed off on a policy forbidding the use of police dogs for crowd control.

A reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown is recommending the consolidation of the metro area's police departments and municipal courts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch received a copy of the Ferguson Commission's 198-page report ahead of its official release on Monday. The newspaper says the commission recommends changes in several areas to address social and economic divisions highlighted since the shooting.

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  December sentencing is set for a man who admitted in federal court that he helped orchestrate a cyberattack that disabled a police union's website during the unrest following last year's Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown.

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The former school of a 9-year-old Ferguson girl who was shot and killed in her home last month released plans to memorialize her with a new playground.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports The Crossing church in Chesterfield will pay for the new playground at Koch (Coke) Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District in honor of Jamyla Bolden, who was doing homework on her mother’s bed when someone fired shots into their home.

Bolden's classmates wanted the playground to be in Bolden's favorite colors, purple, pink and lime green.

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  Two St. Louis men are headed to federal prison for seven years each for planning a bomb attack targeting the Ferguson police chief and other officials after an officer killed Michael Brown there last year.

Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin pleaded guilty in June to felony counts of conspiring to use explosives and making false written statements while buying firearms. They were sentenced Thursday in St. Louis.

A report by the U.S. Department of Justice examines a chaotic and often uncoordinated response to the protests that erupted after the shooting death of Michael Brown in August 2014.

The Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services on Wednesday released its after-action report on the police response to the 17 days between when Brown was shot and killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and his funeral.

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A Missouri appeals court will not hear a man's case regarding the dismissal of his affidavit claiming Ferguson officer Darren Wilson assaulted Michael Brown before fatally shooting him.


Over the weekend, the family of Jamyla Bolden buried their daughter — a bubbly fourth grader who loved to sing, dance and spend time with her friends.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $24 million to St. Louis County to aid community betterment projects in distressed areas.

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  St. Louis County Police say no arrests were made after a group of protesters returned to West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.

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St. Louis County's top executive says he will keep a state of emergency involving Ferguson in place for at least another day, calling it "prudent."

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An attorney representing the Columbia Police Officer's Association (CPOA) sent a letter to City Manager Mike Matthes today asking him to rescind a request to remove the association's executive director, Dale Roberts.

People in Ferguson and across the country marked the one-year anniversary of the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s changed? What hasn’t? And how is it the media is still so tied to the center of this story? Donald Trump continues to steal the headlines in the GOP presidential push, investigative powerhouse ProPublica teams up with the online review site, Yelp, and Jon Stewart issues us all a challenge. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Members of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson are drawing criticism from the county police chief overseeing security in the St. Louis suburb.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Tuesday that the overnight presence of the Oath Keepers, wearing bulletproof vests and openly carrying rifles and pistols on West Florissant Avenue was "both unnecessary and inflammatory."

The street has been the focus of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to last year's Ferguson protests has met just twice since December.

A panel appointed to study social and economic issues following the unrest in Ferguson last year has approved almost 100 recommendations as part of a report that eventually will be sent to the governor. 

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St. Louis prosecutors have dropped charges against a third person arrested last November during a City Hall protest linked to the Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a lawyer for Chelsea Carswell of Austin, Texas, says prosecutors threw out misdemeanor charges of assault of a law enforcement officer and interfering with an arrest. In exchange, Carswell will do 20 hours of community service under a diversion program.

The prosecutor's office confirms the dismissal of charges against Carswell.

Judge Tosses Bid for Probe of Prosecutor in Ferguson Case

Jul 6, 2015

A judge has tossed out a request by activists for an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

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  A Ferguson resident hopes his lawsuit resurrects a recall petition effort meant to oust Ferguson's mayor from office. 

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  A Justice Department report summary has found across-the-board flaws in police's response last summer to the protests in Ferguson, including antagonizing crowds and violating free-speech rights.

The Associated Press obtained the summary, which cites "vague and arbitrary" orders to keep protesters moving that violated their rights of assembly and free speech.

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  A nurse spurred by the racial unrest in Ferguson following last summer's police shooting death of Michael Brown is giving prospective nurses from that St. Louis suburb an educational break. 

Petitioners seeking to oust controversial Ferguson Mayor James Knowles from office haven't gathered enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election.

Eric Fey, the Democratic director of elections at St. Louis County Board of Elections, told St. Louis Public Radio that petitioners had gathered 1,008 valid signatures. They needed 1,814 to trigger a recall.

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The man accused of shooting two police officers during a Ferguson protest has pleaded not guilty.

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A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's parents is moving to federal court.

The suit against the city of Ferguson, former police chief Tom Jackson and Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, was filed last month in state court. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jackson and Wilson filed to have the suit moved on grounds that it deals with constitutional issues.

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A group says it has enough signatures to prompt a recall election of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.

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  A group seeking to recall the mayor of Ferguson says it will present a petition to the city council at an upcoming meeting.