Judge who invented Ferguson's debtor's prisons owes $170K in tax

Judge Ronald J Brockmeyer -- who filled Ferguson's coffers by fining its poorest residents and sent them to inhumane, overcrowded prisons when they couldn't pay a few hundred dollars -- stands accused of fixing fines for his cronies, and owes $170K in unpaid taxes. Read the rest

Justice Department issues "scorching" report on Ferguson's Police Department

The police department "routinely" blocks citizens from recording their activities under a bizarre rubric of "officer safety," according to the Justice Department's investigation. Read the rest

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Reminding white allies that it's not about them right now

Photo: Reuters

Jetta Rae Robertson brings us the view from the front line of recent Berkeley protests on recent police violence against black people. Read the rest

Georgia cops pay $100K for jailing woman who said "Fuck the police"

Amy Barnes was jailed and held in solitary in 2012 when she called out "fuck the police" as she bicycled past Cobb County cops who were questioning a suspect by the roadside. Read the rest

Justice for All: Thousands march on Washington to protest killings by police, racial profiling

Led by the families of black men and children killed by police in recent high-profile cases, thousands are marching in the nation's capital today to demand “Justice For All.”

Undercover agent pulls gun on protesters and photographer during Oakland protest of police killings

In this photo from a protest in Oakland, an undercover police officer aims his loaded gun directly at a Reuters photographer.

Obama Calls For Turret-Mounted Video Cameras On All Police Tanks

As always, the Onion's headline nails it. Read the rest

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Analysis of Michael Brown shooting witnesses: 16 out of 18 say hands up when shot

The chart is making the internet rounds for good reason.

“Professor” who assisted in Mike Brown autopsy revealed as “fraud, con artist”

Shawn Parcells pointing to the part of his body where brains are normally found.

Just when you thought the investigation into Ferguson cop Darren Wilson's shooting of an unarmed black teen couldn't get any more fucked up, it gets even more fucked up.

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Cop who shot Mike Brown won't go back to policing because “something terrible would happen to him”

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in a photo, presented to the grand jury, taken shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS/St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old Mike Brown, will leave the Ferguson police force. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," said Wilson's attorney, Neil Bruntrager.

In a CNN interview, the attorney said that Wilson, who claims his conscience is clear over the killing, simply cannot go back to police work given the public outrage.

"The first day he would be back on the street something terrible would happen to him or to someone that would be working with him," said Bruntrager on CNN.

The same lawyer joked to reporters that Wilson has resorted to being a transvestite to hide his identity. So funny, this lawyer!

"He's had to learn to live in a way that makes him completely unnoticeable. As a consequence, there are several techniques that he utilizes that make that happen," Bruntrager said without elaborating. "It's an odd way to live your life. But for him, it's all about his family."

Except for his getting married last month, Bruntrager told The Washington Post on Wednesday that Wilson mostly stayed out of the public eye.

Wilson preferred going to the movies because it was dark, Bruntrager told the paper, jokingly saying that the officer "cross-dressed a lot."

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WATCH Jay Smooth: Ferguson, riots and human limits

As you'd expect, Jay Smooth has just about the smartest, best, most empathic take on the civil unrest in Ferguson following the failure of the prosecutor to secure an indictment. He quotes Martin Luther King: "riots are the language of the unheard." (via Waxy) Read the rest

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$12: 1/3 of profits go to Ferguson Public Library, 1/3 to This Week In Blackness Media and 1/3 to Feed the Children of Ferguson. (Thanks, Clive!) Read the rest

KKK leader claims to have spoken to Ferguson law enforcement “off the record”

On a recent episode of Chris Hayes' MSNBC show, the host speaks with Frank Ancona, Imperialist Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK. Read the rest

EXCLUSIVE: Photo gallery of Ferguson demonstrators in NYC

Photographer Daniel Schaefer captures the grief, anger, and resolve of demonstrators who took to the streets of Manhattan after the announcement that the police officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown would not be indicted.

Ferguson's no-fly zone created to ground news-choppers

Freedom of Information Act requests from the Associated Press reveal that St Louis police requested the no-fly zone to prevent the press from getting overhead footage of the crackdown on demonstrations, and that the FAA was complicit in crafting an illegal ban that allowed commercial aircraft to land at the airport while still grounding the news-birds. Read the rest

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