Militarized Police

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
In the wake of Governor Jay Nixon's Monday afternoon declaration of a state of emergency in Missouri, activists and civil rights groups are speaking out against a move they say threatens the civil rights of protesters on the ground in Ferguson. Nixon's announcement, which came ahead of the grand jury's decision in the police shooting death of 18-...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Protesters gather at the Ferguson police station on Saturday, October 12. (Photo: sarah-ji/flickr/cc)
A coalition of approximately 50 local organizations in Ferguson, Missouri on...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
The increasing use of drones by police forces and private security may pose a...


Declaring "we're all in this together," Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, the new, black, homegrown police commander in Ferguson, ordered cops to remove SWAT gear and gas masks and then marched with protesters, prompting what observers called a stunning mood change in what had felt like a war zone hours before. Ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to replace clueless, thuggish local police, Johnson said he understood "the anger and fear (of) residents... We all want justice, we all want answers."