#Ferguson

What happens when police screw up?

Ferguson police shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. St. Paul police tased and arrested Chris Lollie, a black dad who was waiting for his kids in a public space near their preschool. Beverly Hills police stopped, cuffed and arrested Charles Belk, a film producer and business executive, as he walked to his car, because he “fit the description” of a bank robber — “tall, bald head black male.”

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OPINION | On the ground in Ferguson, MO

(Photo by Mel Reeves) Police presence in Ferguson, MO

The MSR sent writer Mel Reeves to Ferguson, Missouri to personally observe and report on the aftermath of unrest there following an incident of police violence that left a young Black man dead and triggered an outbreak of protests and rioting. Last week, in “Mike Brown is laid to rest,” his observations were from the funeral. This week, he describes events leading up to the funeral.

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Solidarity rally for Mike Brown, against police brutality draws nearly 1,000

(Photos by Katie Nelson)

Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. with local activists calling for more tools, training, transparency and accountability within local law enforcement in order to curb racial injustices within the criminal justice system.

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Michael Cavlan: Star Tribune letter

A copy of a letter I just sent to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you think they will publish it? Given that I have sent about 50 others and around 8 editorial responses I am thinking not.

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St. Paul man from cellphone arrest video identified; police dropped charges in July

(Photo courtesy of Christopher Lollie) Chris Lollie and his two-year old son, C.J.

UPDATED:

The man in a recently released cellphone video who was tasered and arrested by St. Paul police officers after refusing to give up his name has stepped forward on Wednesday, Aug. 27 after posting the video online. St. Paul police dropped charges on July 31.

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GUANTE.INFO | This is not a think piece: Turning outrage into action from Ferguson to the Twin Cities

When the Twin Cities Daily Planet asked me to write a column, I had to hesitate. Though I’ve been writing op-eds for quite some time, I felt like this space could be used for something more constructive than a platform for my own opinions.

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St. Paul cops allegedly taser and arrest black male for sitting in public space

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UPDATE: Christopher Lollie, the man identified in the video claims charges against him were dropped. Read more here.

A video showing the arrest of a black St. Paul man for allegedly sitting in a public space and refusing to give up his name surfaced yesterday, Aug. 26 — only weeks after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri re-sparked the national debate on race and police profiling.

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From Mayberry to #Ferguson

Andy Griffith, the television sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the real town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Last week, just after I visited Mayberry/Mount Airy, I listened to a PRI program about Baltimore's new curfew, described as "one of the toughest in the country." As I drove across the country, the radio also brought stories about the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the protests, and then the police killing of Kajieme Powell.

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White people talking about racism and #Ferguson

Do most white people want to just stop talking about race? That’s what this week’s Pew Research poll seems to show. While 80 percent of African Americans “say the shooting in Ferguson raises important issues about race that merit discussion, whites disagree, with 47 percent saying “the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.”

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