Tag: Ferguson

New Ferguson Judge Orders 'Sweeping Changes'

The new judge in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday ordered “sweeping changes” to the city’s much-criticized court system, including the withdrawal of all arrest warrants issued prior to 2015 and the reinstatement of driver’s licenses that were suspended solely for failing to appear in court or pay a fine. The announcement…

California Bans Grand Juries in Police Shootings

In a historic move, California has officially banned the use of grand juries in the cases of police-related deaths. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB227, written by Sen. Holly Mitchell, last Tuesday. Prior to the bill, the use of a grand jury in these cases was optional, which is the case…

Ferguson Unrest Cools Down Tuesday Following Tense Few Days

The mood in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday, the fifth consecutive day of protests marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, was significantly different than the unrest during the previous days. More than 100 protestors had gathered along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson Tuesday evening, but…

President Obama ‘Feels Great Urgency’ Toward Race Relations

By Sheryl Estrada President Obama speaks at the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia in July 2015. “There has been an awakening around the country to some problems in race relations and police-community relations that date back for decades,”President Obamasaid last week in an interview with NPR just days…

Ferguson, Mo., One Year Later: Has Much Changed

By Sheryl Estrada In May, a plaque was installed where Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo. A small, predominantly black St. Louis suburb, Ferguson, Mo., has been at the heart of national debates on race and sparked civil unrest against police brutality following the killing of unarmed…

St. Louis County Family Court is Racially Biased

By Sheryl Estrada The Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. Photo by Shutterstock. The federal government has again proven racial bias practices exist inSt. Louis County, Mo. The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division released a report on Friday stating St. Louis County Family Court is violating the constitutional rights…

Ferguson Appoints Black Interim Police Chief

Ferguson has chosen a new interim police chief just two weeks before the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s tragic death. Andre Anderson, who was serving as commander of the Glendale, Ariz., police department, was introduced on Wednesday morning in a press conference. He is Ferguson’s first Black head of police….

8 of 10 U.S. Prosecutors are White Males, Study Shows

A study released Tuesday by the Women Donors Network‘s Reflective Democracy Campaign draws a poor conclusion when it comes to diversity among American prosecutors. According to the findings, an estimated 95 percent of local and elected state prosecutors in 2014 were white. And the results don’t fare very well for…

Lindsey Graham Minimizes Charleston Shooter's Intentions

Senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham did not hold back when it came to his comments about convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In fact, he asked President Obama’s administration to consider Tsarnaev an “enemy combatant“: This man, in my view, should be designated as a potential enemy combatant and we…