Skip to main content

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, respond to shooting of unarmed teen who witnesses say
was surrendering to police with a "Hands up, Don't shoot!" chant.
The Ferguson, Missouri, police department has announced that it will not release the name of the officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Saturday. A spokesman for the FPD said the decision was made because of alleged threats against the officer on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

The St. Louis County Police, whose officers have been patrolling the streets of Ferguson after peaceful protests were followed by looting and the police use of tear gas and the firing of rubber bullets and wooden blocks Sunday, also announced they would not announce the officer's name:

“We will not ever release the name of the police officer,” said Officer Brian Schellman. “We are investigating the incident, we are investigating the officer, but it is not for us to release the officer’s name. It is a personnel matter. It is up to Ferguson Police.”
The news doesn't sit well with Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Brown family. He told Buzzfeed that the decision is
"...unfortunate because people want transparency.”

“They want the confidence that police are going to deal with the situation.”

The FBI, which started its own probe of the slaying Monday, has not said whether it will release the officer's name. But that seems unlikely given standard bureau practice in ongoing investigations.

Meanwhile, several black members of Congress have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice expand the investigation into the shooting that he announced Monday. Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, and Democratic Reps. Lacy Clay of Missouri and John Conyers of Michigan wrote that the slaying "may be part of a continuing pattern of the use of deadly force by police against unarmed African-Americans.” Holder said the DOJ's civil rights division is working with FBI agents the U.S. Attorney’s office on the investigation:

“At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive regular updates on this matter in the coming days,” Holder said.

The lawmakers praised Holder’s move, but said DOJ should consider taking over the investigation. They said the St. Louis County Police Department “may not be the most objective or credible body to investigate civil rights matters involving law enforcement given evidence of racial profiling by that department in the recent past.”

No kidding.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site