On August 9, 2014—two and a half years ago—Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old resident of Ferguson, Missouri, was gunned down by white police officer Darren Wilson. His death reignited a national outcry against the United States’ legacy of police brutality and the racism that structures our criminal justice system.…
Every year, our congressional representatives hold an art contest for students in their districts, with the prize being a yearlong exhibition at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It typically does not cause a murmur. This year's unanimous winner in Missouri’s 1st District was my friend David Pulphus, a quiet,…
Darren Seals, a 29-year-old activist and rapper who was a prominent part of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, was found dead of a gunshot wound in a burning car on Wednesday night. In 2014, Seals held Michael Brown’s mother Lezley McSpadden as she wept following a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the…
A peaceful protest on the second anniversary of Micheal Brown’s death at the hands of then-officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri was disrupted by gunfire following a hit and run accident where a protestor was was struck by a vehicle.
Ferguson, Missouri has appointed its first black police chief, and one of his first orders of business is diversifying the city’s predominantly white department staff.
The documentary Do Not Resist, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, takes a look at the startling military tactics used by cops in America. Among the grimmest revelations in the film is a comment from a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who says he was told to put more black people in prison.
The Department of Justice is suing the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the lawsuit this afternoon following the Ferguson City Council’s decision to amend parts of their agreement with the DOJ for police and municipal court reform.
One year after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and three months after the mass shooting at South Carolina’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church, race is America’s ever-glowing lightning rod—and a new poll says we’re not getting better at it.
Sybrina Fulton, mother of the late Trayvon Martin, spoke to New York magazine about her son’s legacy as the spark that catalyzed the Black Lives Matter movement and America’s closer inspection of police and citizen violence—and how, for women like her, the grief of losing her child is never-ending.
Protestors have rallied in Ferguson, Missouri to commemorate the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Over the course of the gatherings and demonstrations, three youths have been gunned down and more than 100 protestors arrested.
On the anniversary of the shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, another young black man—18 year-old black Tyrone Harris Jr.—was shot by police officers in Ferguson.
An 18-year-old man, tentatively identified as Tyrone Harris Jr., remains in “critical, unstable” condition after being shot by police during a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri last night. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Harris wasn’t a demonstrator but a “criminal” who fired on officers first. Harris…
You know what’s real talk on the eve of the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Darren Wilson: saying that riots make constructive change. Just ask Run the Jewels’ El-P and Killer Mike.
In Chicago, a new art exhibit will feature a life-size installation of Michael Brown’s corpse lying face down on the floor surrounded by police caution tape.
The Ferguson, St. Louis County, and St. Louis police departments along with the Missouri Highway Patrol have been newly and specifically faulted for the role they played in the Ferguson protests in the 16 days after the death of Michael Brown. In a report obtained by the St. Louis Dispatch, to be delivered to police…
Just one day after a memorial tree was planted in Michael Brown’s honor, some callous asshole cut the tree in half and stole the memorial stone that accompanied it. The 18 year-old was already unjustly killed and his family denied the right to seek justice so why not pour salt into that wound just because?
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson has resigned from his position following an abysmal handling of the Mike Brown shooting and a U.S. Justice Department report that found the Ferguson Police Department to be a gang of racist thugs.
Yesterday President Obama gave a bold speech in honor of the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when hundreds of non-violent protesters were beaten and tear-gassed by Alabama state troopers as they tried to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge bridge for civil rights.
The exact moment I started crying during last night's Scandal was at the end when Brandon Parker was finally zipped up into a body bag after laying in the street for way too long, and the camera froze on his face. This episode did the most and was asking a lot, and all in all it was just a gruesome fantasy.
Darren Wilson, the cop who unnecessarily shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown and then profited off of his death, will not face federal civil rights charges for the incident. Wilson was cleared of criminal charges by a St. Louis grand jury in November.