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  • Cops, race and violence

    1 week ago

    The recent death of Michael Brown has elicited strong reactions across the political spectrum---from Bill O’Reilly to Louis Farrakhan---everyone seems to have an opinion on how law enforcement interacts with young black males and the likelihood of black males being shot by cops.

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  • What’s behind the rush to judgment in Ferguson Missouri?

    3 weeks ago

    Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police on Aug. 9, has finally been laid to rest, but the issues surrounding this tragic killing have not. The facts surrounding the shooting of the teenager remain largely unknown, with a Grand Jury hearing testimony and at...

  • Why it’s not about Ferguson

    3 weeks ago

    The Jewish community should be engaged and enraged over what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., and the long-standing racial discrimination in America that Ferguson has thrust into the spotlight. But the current news cycle will inevitably end, and we will either be an allied force for...

  • What would Leonard Fein say?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 25, 2014 | 10:24 am

    I was hunting around for a writer who could dive into the chaos that is Ferguson, Mo., and emerge with a thoughtful column.

    That’s when I realized how much I miss Leonard Fein.

    I have no doubt that had Fein not died on Aug. 14 at the age of 80, I would have had an email in my...

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  • In shadow of Ferguson, group builds ties across racial, cultural lines

    August 22, 2014 | 10:12 am

    On the evening of Aug. 12, after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Mikal Smith rose to address a community meeting in the neighboring city of Florissant. In front of Governor Jay Nixon, Obama administration officials and community...

  • Never an excuse for shooting unarmed suspects, former police chief says

    August 19, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    I was the police chief in Kansas City, Missouri, when an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by a cop for a non-violent issue. The result was a peaceful and constructive public dialogue - the opposite of what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the...

  • Police come under gunfire, 31 arrested in Missouri racial unrest

    August 19, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Police came under "heavy gunfire" and 31 people were arrested, authorities said on Tuesday, during racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.

    "Not a single bullet was fired by...

  • Holocaust survivor activist arrested in Ferguson protests

    August 19, 2014 | 9:31 am

    A 90-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor was arrested in St. Louis during protests over the shooting death by police of Michael Brown.

    Hedy Epstein of St. Louis was one of nine protesters arrested Monday for blocking the entrance to the downtown state office building that houses...

  • Missouri governor lifts Ferguson curfew as National Guard called in

    August 18, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifted the curfew for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday and began deploying National Guard troops to help quell days of rioting and looting spurred by the fatal shooting of a black unarmed teenager by a white policeman.

    Nixon, who had declared...

  • In Ferguson, echoes of Gaza?

    August 18, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    A summer of global turmoil has culminated in nightmarish scenes from Ferguson, Mo., a St. Louis suburb torn apart by protests after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

    For some, scenes of protesters attacked with tear gas and smoke bombs evoked another...

  • Autopsy shows Ferguson police shot Michael Brown 6 times

    August 18, 2014 | 10:27 am

    An unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased's family said on Monday.

    The path of one bullet indicates 18-year-old Michael Brown...

  • Missouri names officer in shooting of unarmed teen, cites robbery

    August 15, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Police named Darren Wilson as the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and said the youth was the key suspect in a robbery that occurred minutes before the shooting, which sparked days of sometimes violent protests.

    Wilson was the officer who...

  • Obama urges police to respect protesters in Ferguson

    August 14, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    President Barack Obama called on police Thursday to respect demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., in an attempt to defuse tensions after four nights of often-violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

    "There is never an excuse for violence against police or...

  • Obama urges police to respect protesters in Ferguson

    August 14, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    President Barack Obama called on police Thursday to respect demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., in an attempt to defuse tensions after four nights of often-violent protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

    "There is never an excuse for violence against police or...

  • Missouri shooting victim Michael Brown’s father calls for peace after riots

    August 12, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    The father of an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by police over the weekend in a St. Louis suburb made another plea on Tuesday for an end to the violence that has followed the incident, while activists demanded authorities release the name of the officer involved.

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