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Volunteers In Ferguson Help Ward Off Looters

Reuters | Emily Flitter | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, MO., Nov 26 (Reuters) - Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the bus...

Ferguson, Racism and Pro-Law Enforcement Bias

James Meyerson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
James Meyerson

Why didn't the grand jury do its job and issue a true bill of some form of homicide against Wilson, preferably an intentional homicide charge but, at the very least, a voluntary manslaughter charge? The grand jury failed to do so because the prosecutor failed to do his job.

Black Lives and Black Stories Matter

Donna Hardwick | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Donna Hardwick

Black lives matter. Despite what we're seeing in media headlines, the actions of our courts and legal system and police departments everywhere -- black lives matter and black stories help shed light on history of race in America and beyond.

Antonia Blumberg

Ferguson Clergy: 'We're Not Going To Be Silenced' | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion

Following the grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, thousands took to the streets ...

Questions From Ferguson

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime
Peter Van Buren

Why did the grand jury take it upon themselves to sort out the witness conclusively? The point of a grand jury is only to determine if probable cause of a crime, a very low legal hurdle, exists. If it does, they return an indictment and the case goes to trial for resolution.

Ferguson: No Shortcuts to Justice

Bob Seay | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime
Bob Seay

Shortcuts almost always end up creating more problems than they solve. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch took a shortcut through Ferguson. The results have been catastrophic. McCulloch's shortcut involved using a grand jury to do the job of a trial jury.

President Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example and Green Light a Wilson Prosecution

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops.

Al Sharpton Reacts To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices

Rev. Al Sharpton addressed the public Monday evening and spoke out against a grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the k...

Darren Wilson's Statement Fails To Mention Michael Brown

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices

A St. Louis County grand jury decided on Monday not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed...

Why Is Ferguson Like George Pullman's Grave?

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Pullman had to be buried in a coffin covered in tar paper and asphalt, enclosed in a room-sized block of concrete, reinforced with railroad ties. Workers probably wouldn't have desecrated his grave, but if you'd been hated that thoroughly and justifiably, would you take chances?

Lilly Workneh

These 2 Men Ran 540 Miles From Atlanta To Ferguson In Memory Of Michael Brown | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices

The expected travel time from Atlanta, Georgia, to Ferguson, Missouri, is about eight hours by car or 90 minutes by plane -- but for Atlanta residents...

Grand Jury Expected To Resume Ferguson Deliberations

Reuters | By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo., Nov 24 (Reuters) - A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a w...

Ferguson Announcement Does Not Appear Imminent

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson po...

Police Agree To Some, But Not All, Protester Expectations

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.22.2014 | Black Voices

With a grand jury decision imminent in the case of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials in St. Louis said Friday...

Here Are The Key Figures In The Ferguson Shooting

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.21.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police of...

Mariah Stewart

These Ferguson Protesters Have Become The Movement's De Facto Spokespeople | Mariah Stewart | Posted 11.21.2014 | Black Voices

Johnetta "Netta" Elzie is part of a small group of activists in Ferguson, Missouri who have become essential sources of information about the protests...

Ferguson Remains On Edge Ahead Of Grand Jury Decision

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

By Scott Malone FERGUSON, Mo., Nov 19 (Reuters) - A St. Louis suburb that faced weeks of sometimes violent protests following August's...

Darren Wilson Ain't No Ham Sandwich: Prosecutorial Manipulation of a Flawed Grand Jury System

Kris Hermes | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Government abuse of the grand jury system has become so notorious and problematic, it caused New York Court of Appeals Judge Sol Wachtler to famously say nearly 30 years ago that if a prosecutor wanted to, a grand jury would "indict a ham sandwich."

14 Questions And Answers About The Ferguson Grand Jury

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri grand jury has been hearing evidence for months as it weighs whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in ...

Michael Brown Family Attorneys Discuss 'Great Concern' Over Upcoming Grand Jury Decision

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

The family attorneys of slain teenager Michael Brown held a live news conference Thursday morning to discuss new developments in Ferguson, Missouri re...

David Lohr

After Nearly 40 Years, Second Person Of Interest Named In Missing Sisters Case | David Lohr | Posted 10.03.2014 | Crime

Authorities have named a second person of interest in the presumed killings of two young sisters who vanished from a suburban Washington shopping mall...

Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

To hell with political correctness, it's time to talk about the black elephant in the room.

Man Charged With Obama Death Threat

AP | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania grand jury has charged a Clarks Summit man with threatening to kill President Barack Obama. Prosecutors say in a Th...

A Quick Breakdown of Dzhokar Tsarnaev's Indictment

Maryam Khan Ansari | Posted 08.28.2013 | Crime
Maryam Khan Ansari

Yesterday, the grand jury handed down the indictment to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, for the events that took place at the Boston Marathon and shortly there...

Chasing Anarchists: May Day and the Federal Government's Use of Grand Juries as Political Counterintelligence

Kris Hermes | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Kris Hermes

The pattern of using grand juries as secret forums to ask activists what organizations they belong to, who they associate with and to scrutinize their political beliefs on the basis of "Americanism" closely parallels the hearings held by the House Subcommittee on Unamerican Activities.