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Protesters display signs during a rally in support of Officer Darren Wilson on August 23, 2014,  in St. Louis, Missouri. Wilson is the Ferguson Police Officer involved in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 9. Black and white Americans have sharply divided opinions over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer and the consequent protests, a poll showed Friday. A majority of blacks, or 57 percent, think that Brown's shooting was "not justified," the New York Times/CBS News poll found, a view shared by only 18 percent of white respondents. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas        (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

Fundraising Campaigns for Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Halt Donations

The two fundraising campaigns set up to collect money for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson have stopped accepting donations.

09/02/2014

Photo: Getty/Chris Hondros file

Police Unions Want Workers’ Comp Benefits for Officers with PTSD

Some police chiefs and municipal leaders nationwide want to require police officers and firefighters to have an accompanying physical injury.

05/21/2014

Photo: Getty Images,  Jordan McAlister

Missouri Unemployment Reform Act Sent to Governor

Acting up on the job could land Missourians without unemployment benefits, under a measure sent to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk on April 29.

04/30/2014

Cartoon on Coptalk depicting Chief Sam Dotson as a slug farmer

St. Louis Police Chief Apologizes for “Slugs” Comment

The St. Louis Police Union called the Chief to complain, and the Chief issued an apology to his officers.

04/28/2014

Photo: Getty/Joe Raedle

Mo. Legislators Reconsider Food Stamps for Drug Felons

For nearly 20 years, drug felons have been barred from getting food stamps. Now, a bi-partisan bill in the Missouri legislature would return those benefits.

03/31/2014

(Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images)

Mo. State Flag Under Fire

It has grizzly bears, a crescent moon and a bald eagle. It’s the Missouri state flag, and one lawmaker thinks it might be time for a change.

02/27/2014

(Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images)

Mo. House Panel Hears Bill to Study State Flag

A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would create a commission to study the state’s official flag.

02/05/2014

Cary Ball Sr. and Toni Taylor file suit after police shot and killed their son, Cary Ball Jr. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

Police Union Unhappy FBI Will Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Cary Ball Jr., 25, was shot and killed by police downtown on April 24, 2013 following a car chase, crash, and foot pursuit.

12/20/2013

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Mo. Rep. Hopes to Prohibit Thanksgiving Shopping

“The commercialism from Christmas has now creeped into what used to be the most solemn family holiday,” says Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart.

12/03/2013

A St. Louis Police Department vehicle is pictured in front of the old police headquarters in downtown St. Louis on November 7, 2012. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Police Consider Carrying Shotguns, Assault Rifles

“It seems to be the opinion of at least our members that we need more stopping power. Not more firepower but more stopping power,” the Police Association’s Jeff Roorda said.

06/24/2013

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