The Police Killing in St. Louis

New prosecutor refuses to press charges against cop that killed Michael Brown

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.

Voices from Ferguson, Missouri five years after the police murder of Michael Brown

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.

Race, class and the protests against police violence in St. Louis, Missouri

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.

Protests over police violence enter third week in St. Louis

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:

Authorities withheld DNA evidence in St. Louis police killing

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.”

Hundreds of riot police descend on peaceful protesters in St. Louis

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.

St. Louis Police declare “We’re in control” as crackdown on protests enters fifth day

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

Trial begins for second Baltimore police officer charged in death of Freddie Gray

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.

Pennsylvania police shoot dead 12-year-old girl during home eviction

By Tom Eley, 1 February 2016

The constable had arrived to remove the family from their rental apartment.

Notes on police violence in America

Louisiana cops who killed 6-year-old charged with murder

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.

Autopsy reveals St. Louis police shot teenager Mansur Ball-Bey in the back

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.

Ferguson protests continue in defiance of state of emergency

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.

St. Louis County declares state of emergency in crackdown against police violence protests

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.

Police murder and class rule in America

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.

Federal agents sent to Baltimore to bolster local police

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.

One year since the death of Michael Brown

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.

Texas prison death highlights police violence in America

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.

US Justice Department finds that police provoked unrest in Ferguson

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.

Protests grow in Baltimore in defiance of police-military siege

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.

The police murder in Baltimore

By Andre Damon, 24 April 2015

The horrific police murder of Freddie Gray encapsulates the brutal and exploitative character of social relations in America.

National Guard referred to Ferguson protesters as “enemy forces”

By Gabriel Black, 18 April 2015

National Guard officers referred to demonstrators exercising their constitutionally protected right to assemble as “adversaries” and “enemy forces.”

Police arrest man in shooting of Ferguson police officers

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.

Media, politicians seize on Ferguson shooting to blackguard protests 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.

The fight against police violence in Madison, Wisconsin

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.

Shootings in Georgia and Colorado continue wave of police violence in US

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.

Ferguson refuses to fire police chief after Justice Department report reveals widespread abuse

By Nick Barrickman, 9 March 2015

The Justice Department report documented the fact that Ferguson police illegally beat, taser and detain residents.

The Justice Department report on Ferguson police: An indictment of American capitalism

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.

Justice Department report documents criminal abuse by Ferguson police

By Evan Blake, 6 March 2015

The report states that police in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb unlawfully arrest, beat, and taser residents.

Obama Justice Department: No charges against Ferguson killer cop

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

Obama administration whitewashes police killings

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.

Millions view video showing police murder of homeless man in Los Angeles

By John Burton, 3 March 2015

The video shows multiple LAPD officers shooting the man while he is pinned to the ground.

Lawsuits allege Missouri cities run “debtors’ prisons”

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

Indian grandfather partially paralyzed by Alabama police beating

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.

New police unit in New York: The ruling elite prepares for class struggle

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.

Lawsuit challenges use of pepper spray in Birmingham, Alabama schools

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.

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

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

Police shoot and kill teenage girl in Longview, Texas police station

By Evan Blake, 30 January 2015

The incident follows the police shooting of 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez in Denver, Colorado this week.

St. Louis police gun down another teenager

By Kevin Martinez, 23 January 2015

An eyewitness account contradicted officers’ claims that the young man was holding a pistol.

Report: No federal charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop who killed Michael Brown

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.

Cleveland, Ohio woman’s death at hands of police ruled a homicide

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.

Ferguson grand juror seeks to speak out against rigged procedure

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.

Police counter-offensive continues in New York

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.

Prosecutor in Michael Brown case knowingly presented false testimony favorable to Ferguson cop

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.

Tens of thousands join protests against police killings in the US

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.

Protesters in Washington, DC denounce police killings

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.

New York City protest fills streets of Manhattan

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014

Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.

Protests over police killings continue in Northern California

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.

Obama administration seeks to contain anger over whitewash of police killings

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.

Tear gas, rubber bullets used against protests over police brutality in Berkeley, California

By our reporters, 8 December 2014

Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby.

“Community-oriented policing”: A cover for the militarization of police in the US

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.

Police killings in America: The class issues

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.

Obama’s paramilitary police: The “war on terror” comes home

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.

How the St. Louis prosecuting attorney manipulated the Ferguson grand jury

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.

St. Louis football players protest Michael Brown murder in pre-game ceremony

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

Former Buffalo police officer sentenced to probation for beating handcuffed suspect

By Tom Hall, 3 December 2014

No let-up in police violence across the US.

Missouri governor signals long-term National Guard presence in Ferguson

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.

More than 300 arrested in Los Angeles during Ferguson protests

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.

Hundreds arrested in US protests against Ferguson whitewash

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.

Missouri governor triples national guard force in Ferguson

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.

Demonstrations across the US against Michael Brown decision

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.

Protesters condemn exoneration of cop who killed Michael Brown

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.

Political lessons of the Ferguson whitewash

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.

No indictment for Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown

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.

Who is responsible for violence in Ferguson?

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

Obama administration dispatches 100 FBI agents to St. Louis

By Andre Damon, 22 November 2014

FBI agents arrested two men in the Ferguson, Missouri area Friday evening, allegedly for seeking to buy explosives.

Police arrest Ferguson protesters ahead of ruling in Michael Brown case

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.

US media silent over “state of emergency” declaration in Missouri

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.

Preemptive state of emergency in Missouri

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.

Video: National Guard arrives in St. Louis, Missouri

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.

Missouri governor declares state of emergency, mobilizes National Guard ahead of protests

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.

Police prepare crackdown in advance of Michael Brown ruling

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.

Decision imminent on whether to indict Ferguson cop in killing of Michael Brown

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

Missouri governor vows to deploy National Guard against protesters

By Tom Hall, 12 November 2014

“Violence will not be tolerated,” declared Governor Jay Nixon as he threatened a massive military/police crackdown.

Justice Department imposes wrist-slap “reforms” on Albuquerque police after series of shootings

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.

Federal agency conspired with police to keep media out of Ferguson airspace

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.”

St. Louis police stock up on riot gear ahead of grand jury decision on Brown killing

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.

Amnesty International: Ferguson police crackdown violated US and international law

By Andre Damon, 25 October 2014

Police arrested and brutalized journalists and sought to “collectively punish” Ferguson residents and peaceful protestors.

Autopsy shows St. Louis teenager Vonderrit Myers was gunned down by police while fleeing

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.

US media campaign to exonerate cop who killed Michael Brown

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.

Protests continue against police violence in St. Louis

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2014

Several thousand people participated in a demonstration Saturday after St. Louis police killed yet another teenager last week.

Two months since the police murder of Michael Brown

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

Off-duty cop kills St. Louis teenager

By Andre Damon, 10 October 2014

The officer fired 17 shots, including a downward shot to the head that killed the 18-year-old.

Police and Obama administration plan for nationwide crackdown on Ferguson protests

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.

More arrests in Ferguson, Missouri after police chief “apologizes”

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

Police kill at least 20 people in the past week

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.

Police crack down on renewed protests in Ferguson, Missouri

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.

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson testifies before grand jury

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.

Senate hearing whitewashes militarization of American police

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.”

New witnesses describe police murder of Michael Brown

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.

Ferguson residents denounce police violence at City Council meeting

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.

Department of Justice launches investigation into Ferguson police

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.

Meeting at University of Michigan connects police violence to imperialist war

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.

After police killing in Ferguson, ISO calls for a “Black agenda”

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.

New protest in Ferguson, Missouri over police murder

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.

From Detroit to Ferguson: The brutal face of American capitalism

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.

Suicidal teen shot sixteen times by Kansas police

By Gabriel Black, 30 August 2014

The shooting comes amid a wave of police killings throughout the United States.

Phoenix police shoot 50-year-old woman during mental health call

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”

Detroit meeting discusses city’s bankruptcy and police violence in Ferguson

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.