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In part 2 of our report on former Saluki hammer thrower Gwen Berry's involvement in bringing light to racial inequality and police brutality, WSIU's Brad Palmer reveals Berry's thoughts on the current Black Lives Matter demonstrations and her advice to her teenage son on how to stay safe.

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A researcher at SIU-Carbondale is studying the impact of public scrutiny on police officers.

Tammy Kochel  conducted surveys with the St. Louis County Police Department before the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and then returned for interviews after the unrest.

Updated with comment from the school district and plaintiff — The Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education has to switch to a weighted voting system for its April elections, as ordered by a federal judge more than two years ago.

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear the appeal by the Ferguson-Florissant School District, codifying a lower court ruling and bringing an end to a lawsuit first brought by the ACLU and NAACP in 2014.

Ferguson has made good progress in reforming its police department and municipal court, a federal judge said Tuesday, though it’s far from over.

Ferguson’s police and court have been operating under federal oversight for more than a year. The city has written new policies on things like use-of-force and recruiting new officers, but has missed deadlines to implement them.

Since the presidential campaign began in earnest, it’s become fairly common for candidates to allude to the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer.

But according to officials that represent Ferguson, neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has visited the city since announcing their presidential bids. And with both candidates set to debate Sunday at Washington University, some of the city’s elected leaders say it’s time for Trump and Clinton to see the town for themselves.

There seems to be considerable optimism in Ferguson, Mo., after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a police officer two years ago Tuesday.

On West Florissant Ave., the QuikTrip gas station that burned during protests in 2014 is now a fresh patch of cleared dirt, ready for the construction of a new Urban League center.

The city of Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement, has named a new police chief.

Delrish Moss, a 32-year veteran of the Miami Police Department was selected from 54 applicants from around the country, the city said.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that "Ferguson began its nationwide search for a police chief after Tom Jackson resigned last year." It adds:

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Getting a speeding ticket in Illinois will cost you an extra five dollars. It's part of a new state law regulating police body cameras.

After a relatively calm Tuesday night in Ferguson, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger may be close to lifting his state of emergency order. But it won't happen on Wednesday.

Tuesday's protests on West Florissant Avenue were largely uneventful. While police pushed protesters out of the street, most people along the thoroughfare mingled with each other and marched around the street without incident. 

Updated as of Mon., August 10, 2015 at 3:45 p.m. with father's statement, originally updated at 1 p.m.

The man who St. Louis County Police say was shot by detectives after he fired on them Sunday night near protests in Ferguson has been identified as Tyrone Harris, 18, of Northwoods, according to the police department.

Harris has been charged with four counts of assault on law enforcement in the first degree, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging or shooting a firearm at a motor vehicle. A cash only bond has been set at $250,000.

The St. Louis region became the unexpected center of an international conversation and movement for change following the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014.

St. Louis Public Radio has compiled select sounds and images of the past year, highlighting moments in history and sharing voices of newsmakers and neighbors alike. 

We invite you to take some time, reflect and put on your headphones to experience One Year in Ferguson: How it Sounded. How it Looked. How it Felt.

The photo is an iconic image of post-World War II America: A bustling downtown main street lined with sturdy Chevys, Fords and Chryslers. Pedestrians strolling past a hodgepodge of storefronts with flashy light-up signs: Barbays Self-Service Market, King Drugs, Florsheim shoes, Coca Cola.

 

This was Ferguson, Mo., in the late 1950s, just past the midpoint of its 120-year history.

When the Ferguson Commission first met last December, its members bore the brunt of pent-up anger and frustration. It was just days after a grand jury decided against indicting former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown.

At that first gathering, the 16-member commission was beset by livid audience members and skepticism about the commission’s ultimate value. But recently inside a classroom on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, the tensions of last year seemed far away.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. Thursday with comments from the St. Louis police.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has released the following statement:

"A police report with multiple complainants has been filed relative to the incident that occurred during last night's public hearing at City Hall.  There is an ongoing investigation to determine what occurred. " 

Our original story

Police Shooting in St. Louis Suburb

Dec 24, 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the fatal shooting of a suspect in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley is another reminder of the dangers police officers face.

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Dozens of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students gathered at the Student Center during the noon hour Tuesday to protest against what they believe is police injustice in the U.S.

Updated 6:06 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, with a response from Ferguson city officials.

Ferguson city officials confirmed Sunday that Darren Wilson is no longer a member of the Ferguson Police Department.

Some believe St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch’s investigation of the Michael Brown killing was a fair, thorough and proper use of the grand jury to investigate the facts and sound out the community in a highly sensitive case. McCulloch’s press conference and his decision to release transcripts of the grand jury proceedings were sensitive and transparent.

St. Louis Grand Jury Reaches a Decision

Nov 24, 2014
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A lawyer for Michael Brown's family says they have been notified that the grand jury considering whether to indict a Ferguson police officer for his shooting death has made a decision.

Several police departments have acquired military style weapons and vehicles.  But a survey finds the majority of Illinois residents are against that practice. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Bill Freivogel and Tammy Kochel about the upcoming panel discussion, "Race, Policing and Justice: Lessons From Ferguson."

(Updated 9 p.m. on Wednesday with comments from Mayor Knowles)

When Louis Wilson spoke at a Ferguson City Council meeting -- a meeting filled with rousing moments and white-hot anger -- he turned his attention directly to Mayor James Knowles.