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Ryan J. Reilly

Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

PASADENA HILLS, Mo. -- “Lacee Scott?” the judge called. The 23-year-old rose from a hard black plastic chair, walked past the fireplace and st...

Mariah Stewart

As Reform Arrives In Ferguson, Neighboring Municipal Courts Stay Out Of The Spotlight

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

BERKELEY, Mo. -- “How much will you be able to pay tonight?” It’s Thursday night in Berkeley, Missouri, and about 75 people are seated on bro...

Mariah Stewart

At Ferguson City Council Debate, Some Still Don't See A Problem After Brutal DOJ Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Members of Ferguson's city council met Monday night behind closed doors to discuss the Justice Department’s blistering report on th...

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Judge Resigns As State Judge Takes Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The judge who allegedly turned Ferguson's municipal court into a city cash cow resigned Monday, and the Missouri Supreme Court ordere...

Mariah Stewart

This Drunk White Guy In A Pickup Explains All You Need To Know About Race And Policing

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

FLORISSANT, Mo. -- My daughter deserved a treat. After all, she had just sat through hours of adult conversation as the only 6-year-old in the room. O...

Matt Sledge

The Problem Is Way Bigger Than Ferguson

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

It was billed as an investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. But a hard-hitting report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice al...

Mariah Stewart

Protesters Target Municipal Court In St. Louis Suburb That Survives On Traffic Tickets

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

PINE LAWN, Mo. -- Dozens of demonstrators briefly blocked access to a municipal court in this tiny, troubled St. Louis suburb on Thursday night, prote...

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Voters Have Historic Chance To Overhaul Town Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Missouri -- The Ferguson City Council is heading for a historic election this spring. Less than a year since the nation focused on racial te...

Mariah Stewart

Activists Seek To Improve Community-Police Relations In St. Louis Area

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- Amid broader discussions about improving police tactics across the country, a local Missouri group is working with a national ...

Mariah Stewart

Missouri Attorney General Sues Municipalities Over 'Predatory' Traffic Fines

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Thursday filed a lawsuit against 13 St. Louis County municipalities, alleging they violate a Mi...

No Work, No Justice

Areva Martin | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

While everyone has their eyes on the U.S. Department of Justice with hopes it will launch federal civil rights actions against Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the two police officers involved in the Brown and Garner matters, it's actually equally important for us to focus on local politics. It's there that the power for change lies.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Activists, Encouraged By White House Meeting, Still Predict Uphill Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Activists involved with the Ferguson, Missouri, protests followed their presidential meeting on Monday with words of caution: There's a ...

Ryan J. Reilly

St. Louis County Police Chief Claims Rams Official Apologized Over Players' 'Hands Up' Gesture

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.01.2014 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- A top St. Louis Rams official has apologized to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar because some Rams players put their hands in th...

Racism: It's the Law

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Not even minimal justice was in the cards for the loved ones of Michael Brown or the occupied community in which he lived -- because that's not how it works. Officer Wilson, whatever he did inside or outside the state's rules on the use of lethal force when he confronted Brown on the afternoon of Aug. 9, was on the front line of a racist and exploitative system.

Two FBI Agents Shot, Injured In St. Louis Area

AP | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authoritie...

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Residents Explain How The Screwed Up St. Louis County Courts Target Minorities

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. - The concept of "driving while black" has been part of the public consciousness for years, but for those who have never experienced thi...

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Train Cops Around Ferguson On 'Impartial Policing'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Department of Justice office is hosting a session for police officers in the St. Louis region on "Fair and Impartial Policing," federa...

Ryan J. Reilly

Probe Of Possible Ferguson Grand Jury Leak On Twitter Wasn't Exactly In-Depth

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch stated definitively on Thursday that a Twitter account claiming inside knowledge ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Police Stock Up On Riot Gear Before Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.28.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- The St. Louis County Police Department has stocked up on tear gas, less-lethal ammunition and plastic handcuffs in anticipation of massi...

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Protester: Things Will 'Never Be The Same' If Darren Wilson Isn't Indicted

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Five people, including a legal observer who said he was simply walking back to his car, were arrested outside the Ferguson Police Dep...

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Protesters Anticipate Bad News In Michael Brown Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Demonstrators calling for the arrest of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, ar...

Mariah Stewart

As Ferguson Protests Spread, So Does Residents' Backlash Around St. Louis

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- The locations of demonstrators who descended on the St. Louis area over the weekend to push for national reforms regarding police brutali...

Igor Bobic

St. Louis County Says, Oops, There Was No Surge In Ferguson Voter Registration

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The St. Louis County Board of Elections said Tuesday that officials had erroneously compiled numbers showing a surge in voter registrati...

Ryan J. Reilly

Police Violated Constitutional Rights Of Ferguson Protesters, Federal Judge Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Police overseeing security at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in August violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators and journali...