The Police Killing in St. Louis
By Isaac Finn, 1 August 2020
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell has announced that no charges would be filed against Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot Brown in 2014.
By Zac Corrigan, 22 August 2019
Residents spoke about life in a country where the police kill with impunity to defend a capitalist social order based on historic levels of inequality.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2017
As part of its efforts to inject racialist politics into the protests against the police officer who killed Anthony Lamar Smith, groups around the Democratic Party held a “white allies only” rally.
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 October 2017
Protesters have held nightly demonstrations throughout the city ever since the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith last month.
Interview with attorney for family of Anthony Lamar Smith:
By Ed Hightower, 25 September 2017
“The whole package of justice in this case, not just the criminal case but in the civil remedies… was compromised.”
By Genevieve Leigh and George Gallanis reporting from St. Louis, 21 September 2017
Politicians and the mainstream media were silent Wednesday evening as busloads of heavily armed riot police surrounded hundreds of peaceful protesters in St. Louis.
By Genevieve Leigh, 20 September 2017
St. Louis police officers chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” as they arrested largely peaceful demonstrators protesting police violence.
Notes on police violence
By Nick Barrickman, 13 May 2016
Opening statements and testimony were heard on Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court in the trial of police officer Edward M. Nero for the April 2015 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
By Tom Eley, 1 February 2016
The constable had arrived to remove the family from their rental apartment.
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 9 November 2015
Police officers are known to routinely violate civil rights in the impoverished rural community where Jeremy Mardis was killed.
By Evan Blake, 22 August 2015
The autopsy results, along with witness testimony, strongly indicate that St. Louis police lied to cover up a brutal murder committed by two of their officers.
By Evan Blake, 12 August 2015
Protesters demonstrated once again Monday night, and were met by riot police who used pepper spray and arrested at least 22 protesters.
By Evan Blake, 11 August 2015
Police arrested over 100 demonstrators Monday and shot an 18-year-old near protests commemorating the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.
By Andre Damon, 10 August 2015
The epidemic of police killings in the US is an expression of a diseased society in which unending violence abroad is combined with vast inequality and financial parasitism at home.
By Tom Hall, 10 August 2015
Local officials expressed their hope that this close collaboration between federal and local police will become a “permanent fixture” in the city.
By Andre Damon, 8 August 2015
Last year’s events in Ferguson, Missouri exposed the reign of police violence in the US and the militarized repression with which the ruling class responds to social opposition.
By Andre Damon, 18 July 2015
The unexplained and suspicious death of Sandra Bland is only the latest episode in a wave of police violence and murder in the US.
By Kevin Martinez, 3 July 2015
The report concludes that inappropriate military and police tactics alienated and incited crowds peacefully protesting the killing of Michael Brown into violent confrontation.
By Jerry White, 30 April 2015
Even as 3,000 National Guard troops and cops occupied the city, protests against police violence and poverty grew in Baltimore and around the country.
By Andre Damon, 24 April 2015
The horrific police murder of Freddie Gray encapsulates the brutal and exploitative character of social relations in America.
By Gabriel Black, 18 April 2015
National Guard officers referred to demonstrators exercising their constitutionally protected right to assemble as “adversaries” and “enemy forces.”
By Nick Barrickman and Andre Damon, 16 March 2015
Despite a lack of evidence, St. Louis County authorities sought to associate Wednesday’s shooting with ongoing demonstrations against police violence.
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2015
The wounding of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri is being used to delegitimize mass anger over the unending wave of police killings in America.
By Andre Damon and Niles Williamson, 12 March 2015
In this video, students and workers in Madison speak about the significance of the ongoing wave of state-sanctioned police killings in the United States.
By Niles Williamson and Andre Damon, 11 March 2015
On Monday, a Georgia police officer shot and killed 27-year-old Anthony Hill, who was naked and unarmed at the time, and was apparently suffering from a mental illness.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 March 2015
The Justice Department report documented the fact that Ferguson police illegally beat, taser and detain residents.
By Andre Damon, 7 March 2015
The report documents systematic and wanton brutality, violence and outright criminality on the part of police in Ferguson, Missouri.
By Evan Blake, 6 March 2015
The report states that police in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb unlawfully arrest, beat, and taser residents.
By Andre Damon, 5 March 2015
The decision not to bring charges against Darren Wilson exposes the fraud of the Obama administration’s supposed sympathy for the victims of police violence.
In wake of latest atrocity
By Andre Damon, 3 March 2015
The trivial recommendations by the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing amount to a green light for police violence and murder.
By John Burton, 3 March 2015
The video shows multiple LAPD officers shooting the man while he is pinned to the ground.
By Ed Hightower, 17 February 2015
Poor residents are routinely jailed for inability to pay traffic tickets, court costs and other debts in Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 14 February 2015
57-year-old Indian national Sureshbhai Patel required spinal surgery after he was slammed into the ground by Madison police.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2015
Last week’s announcement of a new militarized police force to counter social unrest exposes the role and character of the administration of Democratic Party Mayor Bill de Blasio.
By Shelley Connor, 2 February 2015
Police in Birmingham City Schools used pepper spray on students 300 times between 2006 and 2011, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit.
By Andre Damon, 31 January 2015
The official response to protests across the US against police murders has been repression, the whitewashing of killer cops, and the linking of political opposition to terrorism.
Notes on police violence in America
By Evan Blake, 30 January 2015
The incident follows the police shooting of 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez in Denver, Colorado this week.
By Kevin Martinez, 23 January 2015
An eyewitness account contradicted officers’ claims that the young man was holding a pistol.
By Andre Damon, 22 January 2015
The Obama administration’s decision not to pursue civil rights charges against Darren Wilson is only the final act in the drive to shield Darren Wilson from prosecution.
By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2015
Tanisha Anderson died after a police officer slammed her head on to the pavement with his knee on her back.
By Gabriel Black, 7 January 2015
The grand juror claims that prosecutor Robert McCulloch twisted evidence in favor of Darren Wilson, deliberately muddled the law and misrepresented jurors’ views.
By Daniel de Vries, 31 December 2014
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was greeted with boos and jeers Monday as he addressed a ceremony for 900 graduating police cadets at Madison Square Garden.
By Andre Damon, 22 December 2014
The revelation underscores the fact that the grand jury proceeding that failed to indict Darren Wilson was a legal fraud.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2014
Protest organizers, including Al Sharpton, sought to channel popular anger over police violence behind the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
More than 10,000 protesters from many different states attended the demonstration against police killing in Washington, DC on Saturday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.
By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 10 December 2014
Police cracked down on a third night of protests in Berkeley, California on Monday night, leading to the arrest of over 150 protesters.
By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2014
The use of racial politics is a key part of the effort to obscure the social and political issues involved in the killing of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
By our reporters, 8 December 2014
Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 December 2014
"Community policing" has served as a key facilitator for militarization, as well as the spread of community-based police informers.
By Joseph Kishore, 5 December 2014
Once again, a police officer has been let off without charges for killing an unarmed man on the streets of an American city.
By Andre Damon, 3 December 2014
The ongoing militarization of local police forces is a major component of the assault on democratic rights in the United States.
By John Burton, 3 December 2014
The grand jury process that ended with a decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was anything but a fair and impartial weighing of the evidence.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 December 2014
On Sunday, St. Louis Rams pass receivers Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, Kenny Britt and Stedman Bailey entered the Edward Jones football field using the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture popularized by protests over the police murder of Michael Brown. The professional football players said they wanted to express their solidarity with the people of Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that has been put under siege by police and National Guard troops.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 3 December 2014
No let-up in police violence across the US.
By Andre Damon, 1 December 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is seeking additional funding to finance the continued deployment of the National Guard in the St. Louis area.
By Marc Wells, 28 November 2014
A total of 323 people have been arrested in Los Angeles in three days, raising questions of unlawful police conduct.
By Jerry White, 27 November 2014
More than 400 people have been arrested in protests nationwide against the decision not to indict the cop who murdered Michael Brown.
By Jerry White, 26 November 2014
With federal and state officials and the media calling for a crackdown on “lawlessness,” Governor Nixon dispatched an additional 1,500 National Guard troops Monday to suppress protests in the St. Louis suburb.
By Tom Eley, 26 November 2014
The grand jury decision exonerating the policeman who murdered black teenager Michael Brown has provoked demonstrations in an estimated 130 cities, across 37 states.
By WSWS reporting teams, 26 November 2014
At demonstrations around the country, workers and youth spoke out on the police murder in Ferguson, Missouri and the destruction of democratic rights.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 November 2014
Monday’s announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the killing of Michael Brown is the outrageous, but not surprising, outcome of a judicial travesty.
By Andre Damon, 25 November 2014
The entire process through which the grand jury arrived at its decision is a legal fraud, with the outcome dictated by the political calculations of the ruling class.
By Andre Damon, 24 November 2014
The protracted wait for a grand jury proceeding has been accompanied by intimidation and threats on the part of local, state and federal officials.
Ahead of grand jury decision in Ferguson
By Andre Damon, 22 November 2014
FBI agents arrested two men in the Ferguson, Missouri area Friday evening, allegedly for seeking to buy explosives.
By Andre Damon, 21 November 2014
The arrests came as an official for the St. Louis Police Officer's Association said that Darren Wilson and his lawyers do not expect an indictment for the killing of the unarmed teenager.
By Andre Damon, 20 November 2014
The declaration of a preemptive “state of emergency” is an attempt to silence and intimidate opposition to police violence.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 November 2014
Backed by the Obama administration, the governor of Missouri has declared that the mere possibility of protests requires extraordinary powers and the activation of the National Guard.
By Andre Damon and Eric London, 19 November 2014
Area residents said that the governor’s proclamation of a “state of emergency” was an attempt to intimidate the population.
By Andre Damon, 18 November 2014
The move marks a significant step towards the imposition of police state forms of rule in the United States.
By Andre Damon, 17 November 2014
The preparations throughout the US for a possible failure to indict Darren Wilson follow last week’s threat by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard.
By Andre Damon, 15 November 2014
A coordinated campaign by the media and state and local officials to justify the killing of Michael Brown has been combined with threats to call in the National Guard.
As grand jury decision in Michael Brown case nears
By Tom Hall, 12 November 2014
“Violence will not be tolerated,” declared Governor Jay Nixon as he threatened a massive military/police crackdown.
By Stuart Winter and D. Lencho, 7 November 2014
The settlement does not hold any of the officers who participated in the string of police murders criminally accountable.
By Sandy English, 5 November 2014
Recorded telephone conversations by FAA officials make clear that the purpose of a no-fly zone set up during protests in Ferguson, Missouri was “to keep the media out.”
By Ed Hightower, 31 October 2014
Police in St. Louis County spent $172,669 since August on tear gas, rubber bullets and other riot equipment.
By Andre Damon, 25 October 2014
Police arrested and brutalized journalists and sought to “collectively punish” Ferguson residents and peaceful protestors.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 October 2014
Attorneys for Myers’ family said the young man was killed by a final execution-style shot to the head.
By Andre Damon, 23 October 2014
The Washington Post and St. Louis Post-Dispatch published coordinated leaks from grand jury proceedings, claiming they substantiate the story of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
Obama administration signals reluctance to bring civil rights charges against killer cop in Missouri
By Andre Damon, 20 October 2014
The New York Times, citing federal officials, reported that “the evidence so far did not support civil rights charges” against the officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
By Andre Damon, 13 October 2014
Several thousand people participated in a demonstration Saturday after St. Louis police killed yet another teenager last week.
By Andre Damon, 11 October 2014
The latest shooting outside St. Louis, Missouri shows that police continue to commit murder with impunity.
Two months after killing of Michael Brown
By Andre Damon, 10 October 2014
The officer fired 17 shots, including a downward shot to the head that killed the 18-year-old.
By Eric London, 9 October 2014
State and federal officials are preparing a coordinated nationwide attack on protests if a grand jury whitewashes the police killing of Michael Brown.
By Eric London, 29 September 2014
Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri show no sign of subsiding seven weeks after the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 26 September 2014
Police throughout the country continued their campaign of violence this week, tackling a pregnant woman, shooting a handcuffed man and killing a 14-year-old boy.
By Eric London, 25 September 2014
Police arrested demonstrators Tuesday night as the Department of Justice invoked a little-known Civil Rights Act statute to curb freedom of the press at public meetings in the tense St. Louis suburb.
By John Burton, 20 September 2014
The prosecutor for St. Louis County, Missouri is using the grand jury to furnish political cover for a decision not to prosecute the Ferguson cop for the murder of Michael Brown.
By Tom Hall and E. P. Bannon, 12 September 2014
Tuesday’s hearing was aimed at reinforcing and intensifying the federal government’s arming of police forces under the guise of a “review.”
By Thomas Gaist, 12 September 2014
Accounts from two construction workers further substantiate already existing evidence that officer Darren Wilson fired numerous rounds into the unarmed Brown, even as the youth sought to surrender.
By Andre Damon, 11 September 2014
Residents demanded the prosecution of the officer who killed Michael Brown and the dropping of all charges against demonstrators.
By Gabriel Black, 6 September 2014
Designed as a public relations move to “restore trust” in the police department, the inquiry will do nothing to stop the attack on democratic rights.
The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site
By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014
The World Socialist Web Site, employing the method of Marxist analysis, has traced the various stages of the assault on democratic rights and sought to explain its relationship to fundamental historical and social processes related to the deepening crisis of American and world capitalism.
By Naomi Spencer, 6 September 2014
IYSSE National Secretary Andre Damon outlined the interconnection between the increase in police brutality and stepped-up US military aggression overseas.
By Tom Eley, 4 September 2014
In response to growing working class disillusionment with the Democratic Party, the ISO is calling for a more stridently racialist brand of politics.
By Gabriel Black, 2 September 2014
While Democratic Party speakers urged faith in Obama, a section of the protest broke away to demonstrate at the local police station.
By Jerry White, 30 August 2014
If Detroit is the epicenter of social counterrevolution in America, Ferguson revealed the repressive measures the ruling class is prepared to use against all opposition to its policies.
By Gabriel Black, 30 August 2014
The shooting comes amid a wave of police killings throughout the United States.
By Diana Green, 29 August 2014
Police in Phoenix, Arizona shot and killed Michelle Cusseaux as they were attempting take her to a psychiatric facility following a court order.
“We have a war going on in our own country”
By Zac Corrigan, 29 August 2014
Workers, students and youth attended a meeting on the bankruptcy of Detroit and the police murder of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.