A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
A homeless man driving a stolen Kansas City police car earlier this week called his father and complained the car couldn’t go faster than 130 mph, court documents contend. Joshua W. Boyd faces charges and remains a fugitive.
Cortez Washington had been seemingly trouble-free for a year before he was shot to death trying to rob a restaurant in Omaha, Neb., this week, a crime that prompted the fatal shooting of a reality TV crew member.
Monique Willis, the mother of Alonzo “Zoe” Thomas IV, continues her campaign to seek information on those who killed her son in April. No arrests have been made. Willis has resolved to keep the memory of her only child alive amidst the numbing litany of news involving Kansas City shooting deaths, especially those involving young African-American men.
Patterson Jennings, 34, was found early Tuesday sprawled on the pavement in the 6900 block of Hunter Street in Raytown. Family members say they are puzzled as to why. “He was basically a good kid,” said his father, Douglas Jennings. “Everybody liked him.”
Under the new partnership, Northland high school students will still be able to notify their school resource officer, authorities or a school administrator about potential problems or criminal activities. Students are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in reward money if their tip leads to a felony arrest.
Debvon Buckner, 23, was charged in a string of summer Craigslist robberies, including a July 16 attack in which a Liberty couple suffered serious gunshot wounds. The new federal charges included allegations that Buckner led others in five robberies, beginning in June, that steadily escalated in violence.
U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan signed orders setting aside the life sentence given to Bryan E. Sheppard in 1997. Gaitan ordered probation officers to prepare a new sentencing report on Sheppard and told prosecutors and Sheppard’s lawyers to write sentencing memos to be submitted to him by Sept. 26.
Bottles had been lobbed by the angry crowd, but it was still about an hour before protesters would begin lighting blazes and firing guns at police officers. Tear gas had yet to waft down the streets, but a weary Capt. Ron Johnson was losing patience.