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Former DOJ Official: Ferguson Investigation Will Probe ‘Pattern of Violations’ by Police

Former Justice Department official Samuel Bagenstos tells RH Reality Check that the high-profile investigation will look at whether Ferguson police have engaged in a "pattern or practice" of discriminatory conduct.

Former Justice Department official Samuel Bagenstos tells RH Reality Check that the high-profile investigation will look at whether Ferguson police have engaged in a “pattern or practice” of discriminatory conduct.

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The Violence Happening in Ferguson Is More Than Physical

A man holds his hands up after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson named the officer who shot Michael Brown last month.

Many people assume that the term “violence” only refers to physically painful encounters. But I want to explore what multiple forms of violence—physical, emotional, bureaucratic, and spiritual—do to a group of people when they simultaneously converge on a community.

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RJ Court Watch: Searching for Justice in Ferguson

A makeshift memorial near where Black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Pamela Merritt joins us to talk about the killing of Michael Brown and police violence as a reproductive justice issue.

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Riots and Research: What a 1968 Report on Urban Unrest Has to Do With Ferguson

Footage from the 1967 Newark riots.

More than 40 years later, the Kerner Report proves to be prescient in its observations about unchecked police power, problematic in its embrace of notions of Black pathology, and simultaneously hard and soft on white racism.

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Groups Push President Obama for Accountability in Ferguson

Advocates gather in front of the White House with boxes full of petition signatures calling for justice for Michael Brown.

Advocates are calling on President Obama and the Department of Justice for full accountability for the death Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teen shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and for systemic changes to discriminatory police practices nationwide.

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Black Gay Male Criminalization and the Case of Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, a college wrestler who's been charged with "recklessly infecting another with HIV," offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

Johnson, a college wrestler who’s been charged with “recklessly infecting another with HIV,” offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

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The Price of Our Blood: Why Ferguson Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

Community members and activists over the next month are gathering once again to demand justice for Brown, the victims of police violence nationwide, and the subsequent police crackdown on residents in Ferguson, Missouri.

There can be no reproductive justice for all until the state-sanctioned murder of Black youth in this country is addressed.

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Ferguson Highlights How State and Local Governments Get So Corrupt

A demonstrator in Ferguson holds a sign after Police Chief Thomas Jackson names the officer who shot Michael Brown.

Among other things, Ferguson shows us that systemic racial injustice persists, often with “states’ rights” or “local rights” as justification.

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Want Peace? Killing Black People Needs To Be Treated as a Crime

Michael Brown, 18, who was killed by a police officer in broad daylight on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Only when it is considered, in practice, a serious crime to kill a Black person will it be possible to have peace in the United States.

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#FergusonLive: Live Reporting on the Ground in Ferguson, Missouri

Watch a livestream of events in Ferguson, Missouri, provided by CREDO and We Act Radio Live, where police in riot gear have used violence and force against protesters following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.

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