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Ferguson Missouri

Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department before the announcement of the grand jury decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown
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The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving how police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

Messages seeking comment from Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III were not immediately returned.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Courtesy Aurielle M. Lucier

A year ago this month unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. A week after Brown’s death, protesters gathered in downtown Atlanta for a peaceful protest, as they did in cities around the country.

The Atlanta protesters responded to a social media campaign started by the Twitter hashtag “#ItsBiggerThanYou.” The campaign was started by 19-year-old Aurielle Lucier.

"Black Lives Matter"
Julian Plowden

The "Black Lives Matter" campaign that's arisen to protest publicized incidents of police brutality has itself changed lives, sometimes in dramatic ways.

That can certainly be said of Kennesaw State University student Julian Plowden. The 22-year-old just happened to bring his camera to the Aug. 18, 2014, rally and march in downtown Atlanta, held to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The photographs he took that stormy day made waves in activist and artistic communities around the country and beyond.

Baltimore Mom Describes Night Of Terror During Riot

Apr 29, 2015
A protestor rides his bike in front of a police line on April 27, the day of Freddie Gray's funeral. Riots and looting broke out throughout the city. Gray died in police custody on April 19th.
Algerina Perna / Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun

The streets of Baltimore were calmer Tuesday night, thanks to a curfew and a larger police presence. Tensions erupted in the city Monday as Freddie Gray, an African-American man who suffered a fatal injury in police custody two weeks ago, was laid to rest.

Widespread violence and looting Monday night resulted in more than three dozen arrests and left more than a dozen police officers injured.

Baltimore resident and mother Beata Lorinc said there were terrifying moments Monday night when her family thought they might need to make an escape plan.

Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department before the announcement of the grand jury decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Emory University says it will offer a course this coming fall on the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The university says the class will be titled “The Ferguson Movement: Power, Politics and Protest.”

“Ferguson touches a lot of different areas,” says Dorothy Brown, a law professor at Emory who helped create the class. “So people tend to think of it as policing and criminal law, but there’s so much more to it.”

Brown says the course will explore topics like police tactics, media, voting rights, health issues and tax policy.

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Protesters upset over the fatal police shooting of Anthony Hill marched in the streets of Decatur last night.

Hill was killed Monday by a DeKalb County Police officer responding to a call saying he was wandering naked near his home.

While waiting for the march to start, Marcus Coleman reminded his son to stop fidgeting with the bull horn they brought.

“Unfortunately, at 9 years old, he’s been to too many of these,” Coleman said. 

Atlanta's police Chief George N. Turner (shown with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed) is joining the executive board of a national law enforcement organization.
Michell Eloy / WABE

He is a 32-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, and some consider Chief George Turner a pillar of the community.

Under his leadership, and with strong backing from Mayor Kasim Reed, the Atlanta Police Department reached its goal of 2,000 sworn-in officers in 2013.

Rev. Eric Terrell, President of the Southwest Chapter of the SCLC, who has worked in the Civil Rights movements for over 43 years, energizes Ferguson rally attendees as the crowd gathers.
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Note: Story updated to include response from City of Atlanta

It’s been more than five years since Felicia Anderson saw Atlanta Police beating a handcuffed suspect, grabbed her cell phone and started taking pictures of the scene from her front porch.

Police arrested Anderson and took her phone.

Anderson sued the city and won.

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Because grand jury proceedings are conducted secretly, they usually aren’t in the news much. That is, until grand juries decided not to prosecute the police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Georgia uses grand juries too, though not all states do. Here, prosecutors have to get an indictment for serious crimes like murder or rape or kidnapping. The only way to get an indictment is to go to a grand jury.  

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Atlanta
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

The setting was steeped in symbolism, especially in the wake of protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

During a packed interfaith prayer service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr.’s former congregation, Holder said there was still work to be done to fulfill Dr. King’s dream.

“As we recommit ourselves to the cause with which he entrusted us, it’s apparent that our nation’s journey is not yet over," the attorney general told the hundreds gathered.

On Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, a grand jury in Ferguson, MO announced it would not indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old. The August 2014 confrontation between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown took only a couple of minutes.  

The grand jury announcement, and the unrest that followed in Ferguson, re-opened questions about how well Americans truly understand each other across racial lines.

Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department before the announcement of the grand jury decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Several grassroots organizations are gathering this evening at Underground Atlanta to rally in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision.

The rally is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m. Organizers are calling it a “Community Speakout.”

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Ralph Woolfolk wouldn’t give details on plans for any increased police presence in the area.

Youth Radio's Gilbert Young
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  The story of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown’s death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is still sparking protests there.

That incident and the conversation it has created continues to hit close to home for youth here in Atlanta. Youth Radio's Gilbert Young has more.

Tom Caldwell, the Chief Deputy of the Floyd County Sheriff's Office
Floyd County Sheriff's Office

  In the months after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been a great deal of discussion about whether law enforcement officers should wear body cameras.  Some agencies in other states have tried bodycams, but in Georgia, the Floyd County Sheriff's Office appears to be the first local jurisdiction of significant size to do it.

Atlanta Police Department
Atlanta Police Department

  In the next 90 days, the Atlanta Police Department will have to submit a plan to the city about the feasibility of police officers wearing body cameras after the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution earlier this week requiring it to do so.

The resolution spearheaded by Councilwoman Felicia Moore passed City Council Tuesday.

Moore said Wednesday it was inspired by the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

www.policemag.com

There are growing calls both nationwide and locally to start equipping police officers with body cameras after the shooting death of unarmed 18-teen-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Speaking Tuesday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on the Atlanta’s Southwest side, Rev. Timothy McDonald of First Iconium Baptist Church said having officers wear the tiny devices could prevent the kind of unrest that happened in Ferguson after Brown’s death.

Although its release coincides with events surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown, it was personal experience that spurred the teens to begin developing Five-O months ago.
YouTube

There’s no doubt new technology follows the trends, and a smart phone app released this week is no different: It allows users to rate their experiences with police officers, and it’s created by a group of teenagers from Stone Mountain.

Five-O was developed by Ima, Asha, Caleb, and Joshua Christian—and its release coincides with demonstrations, violence and police action in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. Those events have seized the nation’s attention and raised questions about racial profiling and police brutality.

 After an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri, the police there used tear gas and armored vehicles to respond to protest demonstrations.

 That has raised new questions about the increased presence of military-style equipment in local police departments around the nation.

 Many Georgia police agencies have used a U.S. Defense Department program to obtain all kinds of gear--from boots to armored vehicles.  But do they really need the heavy armor and high-powered weapons?

Evan Jang / WABE

A couple hundred people gathered in downtown Decatur Thursday to observe a national moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teen who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

Standing in front of the Old Decatur Courthouse, Ashley Gilmore held the shoulder of her young son as she addresses a crowd of about 200 people holding candles and protest signs.

“Before I let him watch Power Rangers at night, we’ve been watching the coverage of this case,” she told those gathered.

Dale Singer | courtesy St. Louis Public Radio

  Members of Gorgia’s congressional delegation are speaking out on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Last Saturday, 18-year old Michael Brown was shot to death by police in the suburb outside of St. Louis.

  Since then, there have been protests and police have been dispatched in riot formation.

Tear gas and stun grenades have been used against protestors and even the media.

WABE's Denis O'Hayer and Rose Scott discuss comments from Georgia Democratic Congressmen Hank Johnson and  John Lewis.