Missouri

Julia Conley, staff writer
A state-mandated, medically unnecessary exam prior to an abortion "is just assault," clinic officials say
Eoin Higgins, staff writer
Black drivers in Missouri are 91 percent more likely to be pulled over by police than white drivers, according to a new report from the state's attorney general.
"The data should serve as a wake-up call for law enforcement officials, who...

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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."