Militarized Police

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
One month after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the town has settled into an uneasy calm as some institutional change seems poised to take place. On Monday, the Ferguson City Council announced it would be taking concrete steps to address institutionalized corruption and...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a broad civil rights investigation...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
“This is totally different. Now we’re being treated with respect.”


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."