Police State

Jon Queally, staff writer
People across the nation came out into the streets of the communities where they live on Tuesday night and gave expression to the collective outrage being felt in the wake of a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday. Speaking out against police violence and a long pattern of injustice that the shooting death of Michael Brown by...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Ferguson activists on Tuesday blocked a highway in St. Louis and interstate...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
"When it comes to racially lopsided arrests, the most remarkable thing about Ferguson, Mo., might be just how ordinary it is," notes Brad Health for USA Today. (Photo: Mike Licht / Flickr)
Ferguson, Missouri has become a flashpoint of anger and resistance to police...


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."