The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places.
Fitch says 15 of the 59 officers who were killed in the line of duty last year were ambushed – triple the number from the year before.
Mayor Knowles says those who protested Michael Brown’s death were also urging people to help police find Bolden’s killer.
“We’re going to have some kinks to work out, so we want to kind of start of a little slower,” he says. “Once we get comfortable, then we’ll have a little party.”
“We asked each court (in the city) to consider this fresh start at a meeting we had of all the judges last Friday,” Vatterott explained while speaking on KMOX’s Charlie Brennan Show. “We already have about 40 courts that have responded, so we’re pretty excited about it actually.”
Ferguson’s new municipal judge ordered massive changes Monday in the city’s much-criticized municipal court, a move he said is aimed at restoring confidence in the system and easing the burden on needy defendants.
No arrests have been made, but police are continuing to follow leads.
“I don’t see very much independent, especially black, media touching on the subject of extreme violence in black St. Louis,” says filmmaker Terrence Strong, director of “The Grim Reality.”
“No spirit. No jobs. No anything,” presidential hopeful says.
It focuses on changes they’d like to see