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A federal judge has dismissed a $40 million civil rights lawsuit alleging police used excessive force against Ferguson, Missouri protesters after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown.

U.S. District Judge Henry Autry ruled Friday in St. Louis that the plaintiffs "have completely failed to present any credible evidence" proving the questioned tactics by police involved malice or bad faith. Autry also found protesters ignored repeated warnings to disperse and that the officers named as plaintiffs were entitled to immunity from the lawsuit.


  A federal judge has ruled that the process of electing board members for a school district that includes Ferguson, Missouri, is biased against black voters and must be revised before another election occurs.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel's ruling came seven months after he presided over the trial in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.


A spokesman for the city of Ferguson says it appears the driver who struck a protester at an event marking the second anniversary of Michael Brown's death did not do so intentionally.

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A $20 million federal lawsuit filed on behalf of four people arrested during protests following the death of Michael Brown accuses the city of Ferguson and its attorneys of constitutional violations and malicious prosecution.

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A federal judge has chosen a monitor team to oversee reforms of Ferguson's policing and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry announced Monday that Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm based in Cleveland, was picked from four finalists to make sure reforms are adequate in the St. Louis suburb. 

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  A federal judge has chosen a monitor team to oversee reforms of Ferguson's policing and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry on Monday announced that Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm based in Cleveland, was picked from four finalists to make sure reforms are adequate in the St. Louis suburb. Ferguson officials said the cost of the monitoring will not exceed $1.25 million over five years, or $350,000 for any single year.

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 A federal appeals court says a judge wrongly tossed a lawsuit by a woman who wants to speak publicly about her time on the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reinstated the lawsuit by the woman identified as "Grand Juror Doe."

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 A St. Louis federal judge is ordering for the first time the release of unredacted grand jury transcripts in the Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown to lawyers for his family.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber signed off Monday on an order requiring St. Louis County prosecutors to hand over the testimony and the names of grand jury witnesses to attorneys for Brown's family pressing a wrongful-death lawsuit.

On a rainy Tuesday morning in May, social worker Meghan Bragers drove up to Ferguson, Mo. to visit a 23-year-old expectant mother named Marie Anderson.

Anderson, who was 33 weeks pregnant at the time, was having a particularly difficult pregnancy.

“She’s been in a car accident, her car has been totaled, she’s having back issues, she’s having increased depressive symptoms,” Bragers said en route to the visit. “Things have gotten pretty difficult.”

Difficult, or as Anderson herself called it, “a tornado.”

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Ferguson city leaders, struggling to balance a budget decimated by fallout from unrest that followed the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, will ask voters in August for a second tax increase.

Voters in the St. Louis suburb in April approved a half-cent sales tax increase and narrowly defeated a property tax increase.

The Ferguson City Council at a special meeting Sunday voted to put on the Aug. 2 ballot a proposal to raise the city utility tax by 2 percent.

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation limiting public access to police body camera videos has won final approval in Missouri in a move that some supporters hope will help encourage their use.

The bill's passage Tuesday comes nearly two years after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson touched off massive protests over the way police interact with residents.

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Ferguson's first black police chief is taking over as the St. Louis County town introduces reforms intended to address concerns about racial bias.

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There are two weeks left for the Missouri Legislature to pass bills, and some Democrats are frustrated another year has passed without major changes to the state's law enforcement policies.

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After months of negotiations and some late push and pull over the cost, the last public hearing is set on the U.S. Department of Justice's settlement with the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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FERGUSON - Ferguson's city manager says failure of a property tax increase should have no "major effects" on the city's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice or efforts to adopt community policing in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by an officer.

Ferguson voters on Tuesday approved a sales tax increase but rejected a property tax hike proposal.

Ferguson has selected a veteran of the Miami police department to be its new police chief.

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The Justice Department says it will drop a lawsuit against Ferguson if the City Council approves a proposed agreement to reform its police department and court.

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 A federal jury has rejected a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed Ferguson police beat him while he was handcuffed in 2009.

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Missouri's Republican gubernatorial candidates say protests in Ferguson and at the University of Missouri were handled poorly by school and state leaders.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Michael Brown's family is urging Missouri lawmakers to overcome politics and pass a law requiring police to wear body cameras.

Brown's mother told a Senate panel Wednesday that body cameras are only one piece of police reform, but would help restore trust. A body cameras proposal failed last year.

The bill would require police in Missouri's largest cities to record all official interactions. Departments would store the footage for two years, and the public would have access to it as they do incident reports.

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Missouri's top two elected officials are crediting Ferguson for pressing ahead with policing and court reforms despite a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit over the St. Louis suburb's justice system.

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The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

Updated with details and comments from Rep. William Lacy Clay. — The city of Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice are approaching agreement on how to deal with the civil rights violations of the city's police departments and municipal courts.

Ferguson officials on Wednesday released a draft version of a consent decree. The city will accept written comments through Feb. 9, and at three City Council meetings. It must still be approved by the City Council and a federal judge — the agreement would end after the city completely complies with all agreement requirements for two full years.

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Charges have been dropped against six activists who were arrested during a protest in Ferguson.

The case was dropped just as their trial was about to begin. It was expected to include allegations of police brutality, claims of missing evidence and discussions about the shortcomings of body cameras.

The charges had included property damage, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson prosecutor Stephanie Karr dismissed the charges Thursday without explanation.

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A group of Ferguson residents is urging transparency from city officials who are negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve policing practices criticized in a department report earlier this year.

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The interim police chief in Ferguson is leaving about two months earlier than expected.

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has announced the hiring of a new city manager.

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The St. Louis suburb thrust into worldwide headlines last year with the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is inviting the public to weigh in on its neighborhood policing efforts.