Category Archives: Missouri

After Ferguson, Unintended Consequences Of Municipal Overhaul

Following the protests over Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson, Mo., last year, aggressive ticketing in St. Louis County’s towns and cities elicited national scrutiny. That practice also caught the attention of the Missouri General Assembly, which clamped down on ticket-happy policing. But the new law is having some unintended consequences. And some of St.… Read More »

University of Missouri names black interim president

The governing board of the University of Missouri on Thursday named a black law professor and deputy chancellor emeritus to serve as interim president of a university system under siege from racial turmoil. Michael Middleton, who recently retired from the university after 30 years, earned bachelor and law degrees there. His selection came three days… Read More »

What Happened in Missouri Puts the Nation on Notice

What happened at the University of Missouri has sent shockwaves throughout this country: A startling coalition of students and faculty just forced the top leadership of the University to resign. The students had had enough. A swastika drawn with human feces on a residential dorm was the latest incident in a long list of ugly… Read More »

Ferguson’s black voters want new election system

New documents were filed Wednesday in a federal lawsuit aimed at making it easier for African-Americans to get elected in Ferguson, Missouri, after last year’s unrest brought attention to their severe under-representation in the city’s government. Voting rights lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, representing a group of local black residents, urged a judge… Read More »

Ferguson court announces reforms, hoping to build trust with black residents

The Missouri city of Ferguson, accused in a Justice Department report of engaging in institutional racism, announced changes aimed at easing stiff repercussions for residents charged with minor crimes and traffic violations. Newly appointed Municipal Judge Donald McCullin said Monday that he had directed the court to void all arrest warrants issued before 2015, and… Read More »

Segregation and the Ferguson Commission

One hundred days after the death of Michael Brown Jr., the State of Missouri by executive order established a commission to conduct “a thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the social and economic conditions that impede progress, equality and safety in the St. Louis region.” This Ferguson Commission also was charged with issuing a report… Read More »