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The Grand Jury In The Eric Garner Chokehold Case Was Especially Unlikely To Indict. A Staten Island grand jury has voted not to indict a New York Police Department officer in the killing of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold by the officer.

The Grand Jury In The Eric Garner Chokehold Case Was Especially Unlikely To Indict

Grand juries, which almost always vote to indict, commonly decline to do so in cases that involve police officers. Allegations Of Police Misconduct Rarely Result In Charges. A St.

Allegations Of Police Misconduct Rarely Result In Charges

Louis County grand jury decided Monday that police officer Darren Wilson will not face trial for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Grand juries usually return indictments; the one exception is cases involving police shootings. But more than that, police shootings, and allegations of police misconduct in general, almost never make it in front of a grand jury. And officers rarely face legal consequences for allegations of misconduct. As is the case with police shooting statistics, comprehensive numbers on accusations of police misconduct are hard to come by.

Nevertheless, two nongovernmental sources stand out. Scholarship.law.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2544&context=clr. Www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fjs10st.pdf. It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did. A St.

It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did

Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of teenager Michael Brown. The decision wasn’t a surprise — leaks from the grand jury had led most observers to conclude an indictment was unlikely — but it was unusual. Grand juries nearly always decide to indict. Or at least, they nearly always do so in cases that don’t involve police officers. Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Wilson’s case was heard in state court, not federal, so the numbers aren’t directly comparable. “If the prosecutor wants an indictment and doesn’t get one, something has gone horribly wrong,” said Andrew D.

Cases involving police shootings, however, appear to be an exception. The Ferguson verdict: In black and white. The massive racial divide on the Ferguson grand jury decision, in one chart. The shooting of Michael Brown, like so many similar incidents between police and unarmed black men, renewed conversations about racism in the American justice system and, more specifically to Ferguson, deep-rooted racial disparities in local government and law enforcement.

The massive racial divide on the Ferguson grand jury decision, in one chart

To the majority-black community in Ferguson, Brown's death was seen as something that could happen to them or their own sons. Darnell Hunt, an expert on race relations and civil unrest, compared the situation to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012: "Not only was this something that affected people across the country, but other people realized that the fate of Trayvon was possibly the fate of their own sons. " The statistics bear out the racial disparities in law enforcement. Black teens are 21 times more likely to be killed by cops than white teens, according to the available, limited FBI data. These racial disparities remain even in situations in which a shooting victim wasn't attacking anyone else. Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities. Correction: This story has been updated to correct references to the time at which the shooting of Michael Brown was reported to police.

Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities

Officer Darren Wilson did not call in the shooting at 12:43 p.m. as the story previously said; that is the time at which Ferguson police called on St. Louis County Police to investigate the incident. The story also previously cited the Ferguson police department as the source of information about the time of the shooting; in fact, the information comes from a St. Louis County Police report.

FERGUSON, Mo. — The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Comparing Trial Juries and Grand Juries. Here's A Timeline Of The Events In Ferguson Since Michael Brown's Death. WASHINGTON -- The St.

Here's A Timeline Of The Events In Ferguson Since Michael Brown's Death

Louis County grand jury announced on Monday that it will not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The decision led to renewed clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, similar to the unrest that followed Brown's death on Aug. 9. The incident occurred after a confrontation between Brown, a black 18-year-old, and Wilson, a white police officer. Accounts differ on what transpired between the two men: Many eyewitnesses said Brown had his hands up and was trying to surrender when he was shot and killed, while Wilson and other witnesses said Brown attacked the officer and was trying to grab his gun.

Check out a timeline of the shooting and the events since: Diane Jeanty contributed reporting. The political potential of party riots. It was inevitable: After news spread of anti-police riots in the small college town of Keene, New Hampshire, on Oct. 18, people on Twitter started comparing media coverage of the incident with that of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

The political potential of party riots

However, the difference in coverage between the first weeks of protest in Ferguson and the night of drunken rioting that emerged from the Keene Pumpkin Festival was telling. As white college kids in Keene flipped cars and threw bottles at cops for the fun of it, the media called them rowdy booze-filled revelers and all sorts of other euphemisms. By contrast, when Ferguson protesters aggressively confronted the police, the media framed the actions in terms of rioting, thuggery, destruction of their own community and other harsh verdicts. The two incidents offered an object lesson in the media’s racial bias.

Coverage Of Pumpkin Fest Riot Compared To Ferguson Protests Exposes Media's Overt Racism. Dozens of people were arrested and police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse a rioting crowd after a riot broke out in the aftermath of the Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire.

Coverage Of Pumpkin Fest Riot Compared To Ferguson Protests Exposes Media's Overt Racism

While the story was reported by national news outlets, the amount of violence and property damage that occurred Saturday afternoon and evening was not sensationalized anywhere near the same manner the Ferguson protests were. USA Today and CNN had rather vanilla headlines with the story. Meanwhile, Fox News buried the story on their main page and MSNBC didn’t even have the story featured on their front page. Below are screengrabs of both websites at 1:30 PM ET: At one point in the evening, over 4,000 people, mostly white male college students, were gathered in the community of 23,000. Keene Pumpkin Fest riot compared to Ferguson protests; racial questions raised.

Violent rioting in Keene, New Hampshire over the weekend ruined an annual pumpkin festival, but it also called to mind recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Keene Pumpkin Fest riot compared to Ferguson protests; racial questions raised

Lasting into the early morning on Sunday, disturbances near Keene State College involved dozens of arrests and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas to disperse the crowd, which had overturned a car and ripped out street signs, among other acts of unrest. Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson. Police were forced to descend on Keene, New Hampshire Saturday night after students and outside agitators turned the city’s 24th annual Pumpkin Festival into “a destination for destructive and raucous behavior.”

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson

Those words — spoken by Keene State College President Anne Huot to CNN — only begin to describe the scene, which led to dozens of arrests and hospitalizations. One rioter, Steven French, told the Keene Sentinel that he traveled from Haverhill, Massachusetts to attend the festival because he knew it would be “f*cking wicked.” “It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops,” he continued. “It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.” Ferguson’s amazing pumpkin-spiced protest reveals America’s repugnant double standard on race. On Monday afternoon, 10 protesters approached the St. Louis County Justice Center with a wagon full of pumpkins on which they had written “RACISM,” “WHITE PRIVILEGE,” “HATE” and “POLICE BRUTALITY.” After protest organizer Derek Laney vocally condemned the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, he threw a pumpkin to the ground, where it splattered before the feet of several officers. He and two other protesters were arrested. “We are going to smash [pumpkins] symbolically at the foot of someone who can bring [the Brown] case to justice,” said Laney.

“It’s another way to let people know we will be heard.” LDA on Ferguson Grand Jury I. (This article was first published on » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) The case of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, who was shot and killed on August 9th, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson has driven public opinion around the globe to the suburb of St. Louis. After few weeks, on Nov. 24, the St. Louis County prosecutor announced that a grand jury decided not to indict Mr.

Wilson. This trial yields to significant amount of text, which soon became available over the internet. I spent few hours learning about LDA--Latent Dirichlet Allocation from a package called Mallet'. 2014 Ferguson unrest. This article is about the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. How the Ferguson grand jury process works. A police officer stands guard outside of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center on Nov. 24 in Clayton, Missouri where a St. Louis County grand jury deliberated the case against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Understanding Ferguson: A guide to the best essays and journalism. There is no single explanation for why Ferguson, Mo., erupted this summer. Other communities have wrestled with the aftermath of controversial police shootings. Other cities have struggled with the lingering forces of segregation and racial disadvantage. Other vigils have been held, sermons delivered. But the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer prompted something akin to a civic revolt in Ferguson, a predominately black St. Black Lives Matter / Black Life Matters: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore. All Eyes on Ferguson. Thousands turned in on a livestream (above) as prosecutor Bob McCulloch read the indictment news tonight. Tonight, St. Shooting of Michael Brown. This article is about the shooting of Michael Brown. For the protests that followed, see Ferguson unrest.

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. 2014 Ferguson unrest. Teaching #FergusonResources. Michael Brown Shooting - Ferguson Missouri News & Top Stories. Here's A Timeline Of The Events In Ferguson Since Michael Brown's Death. Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies. FERGUSON, Mo. Protests in support of Eric Garner erupt in New York and elsewhere. After a New York grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the death of a Staten Island man, protesters hit the streets of Manhattan and at least seven other U.S. cities Wednesday. Dozens of protesters were arrested in New York, though there were no reports of violence, in contrast to the looting and arson that broke out Nov. 24 in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury there did not indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

A wave of protests erupted from Manhattan to Oakland, Calif. Thousands in New York marched in support of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old asthmatic who died after being put in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo on July 17. The overlooked audiotape of the Michael Brown shooting. What Ferguson police collected at the scene - Washington Post. Documents and evidence from the Ferguson grand jury - Washington Post. What happened in Ferguson - Washington Post. Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014. Clinton Allen, 25, Dallas, TX - March 10, 2013 Clinton Allen was shot 7 times by Dallas police officer Clark Staller, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call at Allen's girlfriend's house. Clinton was unarmed. Police say Allen charged them and that there was a scuffle but multiple eye witness reports beg to differ.

Witnesses say that Officer Staller arrived at the apartment complex, and before the caller had a chance to give him any information, saw someone walking towards the parking lot, and initiated a foot pursuit. Badlands Unlimited. Following the unjust deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, and the ones that are sure to follow if police reforms are not enacted across the US, Badlands has prepared a reading list for why race matters.

The selected books include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, sociology, and artists’ essays. Warning: Jammer Use By the Public and Local Law Enforcement Is Illegal. Federal Communications Commission. Documents Released in the Ferguson Case. Ferguson Timeline: Grief, Anger And Tension. People stand in prayer after a peaceful march on Aug. 20 in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption itoggle caption Charlie Riedel/AP. #Ferguson. Documenting Ferguson. Home - Ferguson Resources - LibGuides at University of Arizona. St. Louis School Librarian Offers LibGuide on Ferguson. Teaching #FergusonResources. How Professors in St. Louis Are Teaching the Lessons of Ferguson’s Unrest - Curriculum. Michael Brown Shooting - Ferguson Missouri News & Top Stories. FBI Interview of Key Michael Brown Witness Still Withheld After Second Document Dump.

What do the newly released witness statements tell us about the Michael Brown shooting? 5 Key Inconsistencies in What Happened During the Michael Brown Shooting. Ferguson National Response Network. Eric Garner, Daniel Pantaleo, and cop training: Police departments must explain why their officers’ first instinct is the sudden use of force. A Ferguson Twitter Archive. Ferguson Libraries Step Up to Serve Community in Turmoil. The Magpie Librarian: A Librarian's Guide to Modern Life and Etiquette. What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: — The Message. 12 things white people can do now because Ferguson. Talking About Racism With White Kids. What White Children Need to Know About Race. On Racism and White Privilege. 7 Actual Facts That Prove White Privilege Exists in America. 9 clueless things white people say when confronted with racism. 11 Things White People Should Stop Saying to Black People Immediately.

Gov. Nixon announces members of the Ferguson Commission. A step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement. Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are. There’s only one fix. What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings. Diversity won’t solve police misconduct: Black cops don’t reduce violence against black citizens. The Whiteness Project: Whites and blacks are still living in separate worlds. Michael Brown leaked autopsy results: Darren Wilson’s and Brown’s supporters see what they want to see in the medical reports. In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream. America’s new racial low point: More crying black mothers, and tear gas on our dreams.

“I am not afraid to die”: Why America will never be the same post-Ferguson. Students gather to reflect on Ferguson incident over the summer - The Michigan Daily. Things To Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person Gets Murdered By Police - Say What?: On Speechlessness, Racism and Respectability in #Ferguson. Why isn't the Tea Party sending a militia to Ferguson? Cornel West was right all along: Why America needs a moment of clarity now. White menaces to society: Keene State and the danger of young drunk white men. A response to Ta-Nehisi Coates: Why Black women are overlooked — again. A racial state of emergency: How we prepare for devastation in Ferguson. I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson.

White America’s scary delusion: Why its sense of black humanity is so skewed. Ferguson state of emergency: Gov. Jay Nixon expects unrest and chaos after grand jury announcement. St Louis' sons, taken too soon. Black on Black Crime: The "Fatherless Men" Trope. The Case for Reparations. Eric Garner, Daniel Pantaleo, and cop training: Police departments must explain why their officers’ first instinct is the sudden use of force.

Black community is concerned with black-on-black crime: Suggesting otherwise is ignoring the facts. Darren Wilson’s racial portrayal of Michael Brown as a superhuman demon: The Ferguson police officer’s account is a common projection of racial fears. Rudy Giuliani doesn’t understand crime: The former New York City mayor is misinformed about the facts of black-on-black crime. Darren Wilson was never going to be indicted for killing Michael Brown: Our courts don’t hold police accountable for using deadly force.

#FergusonSyllabus: Talking and Teaching About Police Violence. How Professors in St. Louis Are Teaching the Lessons of Ferguson’s Unrest - Curriculum. St. Louis forgotten suburbs - POLITICO Magazine. The Unprecedented Scale of the #BlackLivesMatter Protests. Ferguson-tweet-ids : Ed Summers. Documenting Ferguson. MITH’s Ed Summers discusses his Ferguson Twitter archive - Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. On Forgetting — On Archivy. A Ferguson Twitter Archive. On Forgetting.