Ferguson fallout: Protests go national, officer resigns and viral photo gives hope
It's been one week since the streets of Ferguson boiled over after protesters learned the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown won't face criminal charges.
Since then, much has changed. And much hasn't.
Here's what to know to get up to speed on the Ferguson fallout:
Calls for a walkout:
The looting and arson that marred last week's protests are over. But the demonstrations continue in Missouri and across the country.
Protesters flood streets across U.S. as Ferguson dismay spreads coast to coast
The sparks of outrage that started in Ferguson, Missouri, have ignited a firestorm of protests across the country.
But the national furor isn't just about one grand jury's decision on one shooting case. To many protesters, the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown -- and the lack of an indictment for the officer who shot him -- are symbolic of racial injustice in America.
"I think that it's important for people to know that the decision not to indict (Officer) Darren Wilson means that the system does not value black lives," one protester marching through Los Angeles told CNN.
"I think that it means that a cop can kill a black or brown kid when he's defenseless and unarmed and not get charged. I think that it means that we either fight back and stand up and end police terrorism."
Protests roil Ferguson after grand jury decision
Protests erupted in the streets of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson Monday night, after word came from a grand jury that Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August, would face no criminal charges from the state.
“They determined that no probable cause exists to charge Officer Wilson,” St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch announced Monday night.
The decision was followed quickly by public anger on the streets of Ferguson. Activists were met by tear gas and flash-bangs — nonlethal explosives — employed by the police in an attempt to disperse the crowds. Some Ferguson businesses were vandalized or burned, and journalists reported hearing gunshots.
All eyes on Ferguson grand jury as decision expected at any time
Authorities in St. Louis County, Mo. continued preparations ahead of an expected grand jury decision on whether to charge a white police officer for the fatal August 9 shooting of a black teen in Ferguson.
Barricades have been placed around the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, where the grand jury has been meeting and parking restrictions that were put into effect over the weekend are expected to remain in place Monday.
Some expected a decision to be announced this past weekend, but it did not come to pass. The grand jury was expected to reconvene Monday, but there has been no official confirmation that will be the case. The 12-person grand jury sets its own schedule depending upon when the members are available.
U.S. tracking 150 people who travelled to Syria – some of them “to fight” in ISIS ranks
U.S. law enforcement agencies are tracking about 150 people who traveled from the United States to Syria in recent months, “a significant number of them to fight,” FBI director James Comey told reporters at a briefing in Boston on Tuesday. The number of Americans who traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State (ISIS) is higher than figures mentioned earlier by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement of Americans who actually joined ISIS ranks. Last month, Comey said the FBI was aware of “a dozen or so” Americans fighting in Syria “on the side of the terrorists” – and he repeated that number on Tuesday, adding that the total number of travelers under surveillance is ten times that.
Three students shot at Florida State University library, gunman killed
Three Florida State University students were shot and wounded by a gunman inside the school's Strozier Library early Thursday morning before authorities say the gunman was killed after a brief gunfire exchange with campus police.
The scene at the library was chaotic at about 12:30 a.m. when an armed suspect walked into the Tallahassee building and opened fire. There were reports of several gunshots heard in a row.
"This person just for whatever reason produced a handgun and then began shooting students in the library," FSU Police Chief David Perry said.
ISIS has sufficient quantities of arms to carry on fighting for two years: UN
A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns that Islamic State (ISIS) has in its possession sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition, and vehicles to wage its war for Syria and Iraq for up to two years.
The size and diversity the Islamist organization’s arsenal allow the group durable mobility, range, and a limited defense against low-flying aircraft. The report notes that even if the U.S.-led air campaign continues to destroy the group’s vehicles and heavier weapon systems, such a campaign “cannot mitigate the effect of the significant volume of light weapons” Isis possesses.
Missouri governor declares state of emergency in Ferguson
head of a grand jury's decision on whether to indict a police officer in the killing of Michael Brown, Missouri has both called in the National Guard and diminished the role of the Ferguson Police Department.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday as a precaution, he said, in the event of unrest or violence.
It's unknown when the grand jury will hand down a decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for his fatal shooting of Brown, a teen. Prosecutors have suggested the grand jury would be done deliberating in mid- to late November.
At the national level, the FBI last week issued a bulletin to law enforcement urging vigilance in the days before the Ferguson grand jury decision, according to a law enforcement official.
Hagel says US speeding up training of Iraqi forces to fight ISIS
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the U.S. military is speeding up its training and advising of Iraqi forces who are fighting the Islamic State militants after a recommendation from the commander of U.S. Central Command.
Hagel's announcement came the same day the White House confirmed a third American, aid worker and former Army Ranger Peter Kassig, had been beheaded by members of the militant group.
Secret US spy program targeted Americans' cellphones
The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations.
The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population, according to people familiar with the program.
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