The images coming out of Ferguson often look similar to a war zone. The police presence aimed at keeping the peace there often looks more reminiscent of a full-fledged military operation. Joe Johns looks into a federal program that is providing police forces like the one in Ferguson with heavy equipment.
The world is watching Ferguson. For those who live there, the protests have meant missing work, sending children to relatives and living in fear. Jason Carroll speaks to residents who live uncomfortably close to the violence.
Anderson spoke with two community leaders who are both part of the protest movement, along with the effort to keep it peaceful. Bishop Zachariah Davis of the Greater Harvest Church and Pastor Robert White of the Peace of Mind Church of Happiness discussed their mission in Ferguson.
Film director Spike Lee has been critical of the law enforcement response in Ferguson. On social media, he slammed the state and local police, along with the National Guard saying they "don't have a clue." Lee also hung a tribute to Michael Brown outside of the headquarters of his film company in Brooklyn:
Spike Lee also posted a letter arguing that retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré could be the right person to turn the situation in Ferguson around.
Anderson discussed all of this with Spike Lee.
Anderson also spoke to retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré who said that police in Ferguson need a political objective beyond just controlling people.
Michael Brown's mother said "justice will bring peace" to Ferguson. The case against Officer Wilson is about to head to a grand jury. The decision whether to file criminal charges will be made behind closed doors. Anderson spoke with Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump about what justice might look like in this case.
For a while it seemed like the violence that has been plaguing Ferguson may have calmed down. But at around 11pm, tensions reached a boiling point. Ed Lavandera looks at the events that brought Ferguson to this point.
Anderson discussed the show of force in Ferguson with Police Captain Ron Johnson. He says he is concerned about the safety of the public and the police officers.
More than 22,000 residents call Ferguson, Missouri their home. After several nights of protests and violence, the Saint Louis suburb looked more like a war zone. This is raising troubling questions about the future for some local businesses. Ana Cabrera takes a closer look.
The release of surveillance video that shows an alleged robbery involving Michael Brown just before the shooting has enflamed tensions in Ferguson. Now serious questions are being asked about the decision to make that video public while keeping other parts of the investigation private. Anderson pressed for answers when he spoke with Detective Gabe Crocker, who is the President of the Saint Louis County Police Association.
Piaget Crenshaw saw the shooting of Michael Brown and recorded video of the immediate aftermath. She says she saw Brown wrestling with Officer Darren Wilson. Ms. Crenshaw also says it appeared that the officer was pulling Brown into his car. Anderson spoke with Piaget Crenshaw, along with her attorney Karen Louis.
The preliminary results of a private autopsy reveal that Michael Brown was shot at least six times. Shawn Parcells is a medical investigator who assisted on that autopsy. He says the last two bullets fired at Michael Brown struck his head. Anderson spoke with Parcells about the key pieces of evidence that are still needed to put together a complete picture of what happened in Brown's final moments.
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