Police State

Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Protest in Ferguson, Missouri for Michael Brown, unarmed teenager killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. (Photo: peoplesworld/flickr/cc)
Michael Brown's family members and grassroots organizations from Ferguson are pressing the United Nations to intervene in response to what they say are U.S. police violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, they revealed Wednesday. Organizers announced that, in the "absence of justice from the...
Jon Queally, staff writer
In a report released on Friday, Amnesty International roundly condemns the...
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."