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ACLU Asks Court to Halt Punishment of Student Who Participated in Silent Protest

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Kansas City School District today because the district violated a student’s First Amendment rights, according to a news release from the ACLU.

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Dorian Johnson, 22, leaves the funeral of friend Michael Brown at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis on August 25, 2014. Johnson was with Brown when he was shot by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer on August 9. The shooting led to several nights of looting, arrests and heavy police presence.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Key Interview Missing from Ferguson Documents

Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has not released transcripts on some 40 witness interviews, including the transcript of the two-hour interview by the FBI and a county police detective with Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson, KSDK-TV first reported.

12/08/2014

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the news media before a meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House November 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.   (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama Wants More Police Wearing Body Cameras

Obama is proposing a three-year, $263 million spending package to increase use of body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement and add more resources for police department reform.

12/01/2014

Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay (KMOX file photo)

Clay Wants Wider Civil Rights Investigation

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay is asking the Justice Department to widen its civil rights investigation in the St. Louis region to include municipal courts in the city and throughout St. Louis County.

10/28/2014

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Guide to Developments in Ferguson Police Shooting

It has been nearly 11 weeks since Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer.

10/24/2014

Professor Cornel West(C) along with Clergy members and other demonstrators protest for the shooting of Michael Brown as they march to the Ferguson Police Station October, 13 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson and other killings of black youths at the hands of police officers. (Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Cornel West Arrested in Ferguson Protest

Civil rights activist from New York faces charge of disturbing the peace.

10/13/2014

A light crowd of demonstrators march at the office of St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch in Clayton, Missouri, on Aug. 20, 2014. The demonstrators gathered outside of the office to ask that McCulloch step down from the Michael Brown case. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Holder: ‘Change is Coming’ After Police Shooting

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday in suburban St. Louis, a few miles from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, and a group of protesters gathered outside a building where a grand jury was expected to begin hearing evidence to determine whether the officer should be charged.

08/20/2014

Demonstrators react as police fire tear gas at them while protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Protester: ‘If I Got To Die Tonight, I Don’t Mind’

Protesters who have for days lined a busy suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have walked from nearby apartments, driven from neighboring communities and flown in from states hundreds of miles away.

08/18/2014

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McCaskill Working to Ensure Federal Investigation is Fair, Transparent

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill today spoke with Molly Moran, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice, on the status of a federal civil rights investigation.

08/13/2014

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FBI Opens Civil Rights Case After Police Shoot Teen

The FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations after a suburban St. Louis police officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager.

08/11/2014

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