Among other things, Ferguson shows us that systemic racial injustice persists, often with “states’ rights” or “local rights” as justification.
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.
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.
While national attention is focused on the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, researchers and advocates in different cities across the country are pointing out the obvious—this problem is larger than one town.
The tragic shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teenager by a police officer is a wake-up call for advocates that police brutality is a reproductive justice issue.
The lawsuits seek the full incident report from the Michael Brown shooting and an order preventing the Ferguson, Missouri, police department from blocking citizens and the media from filming police activities.
Obama said that there is no excuse for violence against police or for vandalism and looting, but that there is also no excuse for using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Jonathan Rosa of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kai Wright of Colorlines, and Vincent Hutchings of the University of Michigan join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about the Renisha McBride case and the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri. [via MSNBC]
On this episode of Reality Cast, RH Reality Check Reporting Fellow Teddy Wilson explains what’s going on with anti-choice protests in New Orleans. Also, I discuss Todd Akin’s comeback, and how the fallout from Hobby Lobby continues.
Increasing the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours was one of state Republican lawmakers’ top priorities during the legislative session. Only two states, Utah and South Dakota, require a 72-hour waiting period.