POLITICS
08/19/2014 10:22 am ET | Updated Sep 25, 2014

Resident Recalls Police Harassment In Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The protests here may have begun as a response to the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, at the hands of a white police officer. But as they have stretched into their second week, the protests have also served to highlight long-simmering issues of police militarization and racial profiling.

On Monday night, a 21-year-old man described how, one night before the protests, he was walking down the street and talking on the phone when an officer noticed him.

"How am I a suspect?" the man said he thought to himself. "I'm just on the phone."

After turning away for a minute to continue his call, the man said a gun was suddenly pointed in his face. The police ordered him to put his hands up.

But as he hung up and tried to put his phone in his pocket, he said an officer began shouting, "He's got a gun! He's got a gun!"

"I didn't have a gun!" the man said, incredulous.

The officer replied, "I want you to have a gun, because I'm going to beat your ass."

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08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT

The Toll On Michael Brown's Family

USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:

Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.

In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.

"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."

Read the rest at USA Today.

08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT

New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot

New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.

CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.

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08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT

Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing

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08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT

Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown

08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT

Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents

USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father

08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT

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