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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Why Ferguson Went Up in Flames

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November 25, 2014
Three months of despair were ignited in suburban Missouri when Officer Darren Wilson was told he could walk free on Monday night. Justin Glawe describes the reaction in the streets of Ferguson as the announcement was made and the resulting chaos that transpired.

Several black eyewitnesses to the confrontation between Darren Wilson and Michael Brown told a grand jury in St. Louis that the teenager turned and charged at the police officer before he was fatally shot. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said in his summary of testimony that the witnesses, physical evidence, and three autopsies support Wilson's narrative that he killed Brown in self-defense. Wilson said he told Brown to get on the ground, but "he looked at me, he made like a grunting, like aggravated sound and he starts, he turns and he's coming back towards me," he told the grand jury in September.


The lawyer for Michael Brown's family slammed a grand jury's failure to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of the unarmed teen and insinuated prosecution bias. "We object as publicly and loudly as we can. This process is broken," Benjamin Crump told a crowd in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday. "Let's be honest, we have a local prosecutor who has a symbiotic relationship with the local police who sit on judgment whether to indict the police when they brutalize or kill a young person from our community." Crump accused the prosecution of failing to cross-examine Wilson properly, saying, "a first-year law student would have done a better job," and added that he was not surprised by the ruling. "We could foresee what the outcome was going to be," he said. "That's exactly what occurred last night, but it's awfully troubling." Al Sharpton also spoke and urged residents to remain calm. "There's another way other than to explode," he told the crowd. "After you burn something down, then what? That doesn't get us justice. We need to show a better way."

It's been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS, yet recruitment hasn't even begun, Tim Mak reports. In fact, the process may not take effect until next spring. Will the time-consuming strategy be enough to stop the terrorist group?

A 17-year-old high-school student in Sarasota, Florida, has been arrested for allegedly running a prostitution ring. Alexa Nicole De Armas was taken into custody Friday on charges of human trafficking of a person under 18. "Why pimp out old hoes when I have fresh young hoes I can give up for money?" De Armas wrote in one Facebook exchange, according to police. They say she organized at least three prostitution deals, and at least one act of prostitution occurred. John Mosher, 21, paid $40 and a bottle of a liquor to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. "She stated she told Mosher she did not want to have sexual intercourse with him, which he disregarded and forcefully held her against the wall of the pool shed building, restricting her movement and ability to flee," a police report said. (Mosher was arrested.) Police began investigating after four high-school students went to Venice High School administrators, saying they had been approached to join the ring. Facebook messages also show De Armas planned to charge $50-$75 for oral sex and $100 to have sex with a virgin.

61 Arrested in Ferguson
Worse than riot in August.
Economic Growth Strongest in a Decade
Past six months on a tear.
UN: ISIS Made $45M in Ransoms This Year
Jihadis have raised $120m from 2004-2012.
Innocent Man Freed After 36 Years
Wrongfully convicted for 1978 murder.
Honda Admits Failure to Report Deaths
Underreported accidents since 2003.

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