Posts by Jason Sickles, Yahoo
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News6 days ago
Two of the nation’s leading experts on the use of deadly force by the police are warning against overreaction to an audio recording that purportedly captures the sound of the gunshots that killed Michael Brown.
The newly surfaced recording, which has not been publicly verified by investigators, was first broadcast by CNN.
On the 12-second clip, it is possible to hear a series of what appears to be quick pops, followed by a brief pause and then another succession of rapid shots. St. Louis attorney Lopa Blumenthal and her client, who wishes to remain anonymous to the public, took the recording to the FBI on Monday. Blumenthal says she counted 11 shots fired.
“There's that pause, which is what gave me pause, when I first saw it,” Blumenthal told Yahoo News. “It was a pause so there was time to think about it and deliberate. That doesn't mean that I'm saying it helps one side or the other. But I do know that in a 12-second tape, where eight seconds of it is a shooting, a three-second delay is a significant period of time.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News10 days ago
A police report on the death of Michael Brown is missing key information and violates Missouri open records laws, an ACLU attorney told Yahoo News on Friday.
The two-page document, which the Ferguson Police Department released only after pressure from journalists and civil liberties advocates, is largely redacted or left blank. The most egregious omissions are the victim’s name and a description of the offense — the fatal shooting of Brown.
“They are breaking the law,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri.
The report, obtained by Yahoo News through the Missouri Sunshine Law, lists only the date, time and location. Fields for the type of incident, name of the complainant, and a summary of the circumstances are redacted.
“I’ve never seen an incident report that didn’t contain a description of the incident, at least on some basic level,” said Don Tittle, a veteran Texas civil and criminal attorney. “It makes you wonder if they don’t want to commit to a story.”
The report comes nearly two weeks after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in broad daylight in the middle of a residential street.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News12 days ago
The Ferguson, Missouri, police officer facing possible charges for recently killing an unarmed young man was commended earlier this year for wrestling and restraining another suspect.
Officer Darren Wilson received the commendation for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty” at a Feb. 11 City Council meeting.
New video turned over by the city under Missouri's open records law shows Wilson being presented his award and shaking hands with Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
Jackson tells the packed council chamber that Wilson earned the award “in recognition of outstanding police work while investigating a suspicious vehicle call.
“Acting alone you struggled with one subject and was able to gain control of the subject and his car keys until assistance arrived,” Jackson said.
No other details of the incident are known. On Monday, Yahoo News requested police reports and any other documentation related to the February commendation. An attorney for the city said on Wednesday that the city is searching for the records.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News13 days ago
Porch lights — many of them illuminating blue — are being left on in St. Louis and across the country in a show of support for the Missouri police officer who shot and killed an unarmed young man 10 days ago.
“Walmart in Desoto, Mo was out of blue bulbs,” Brian Christopher commented on the Support Darren Wilson Facebook page. “I'll take this as a magnificent sign of support!”
While protests and unrest sparked by the death of Michael Brown have captured the nation’s attention, grass-roots campaigns backing the officer who killed him are gaining ground.
At least a half-dozen pro-Wilson pages have popped up on Facebook in recent days. Combined, the pages are approaching 100,000 likes. An online campaign to help the Wilson family with “any financial needs they may have including legal fees” has taken in nearly $40,000 in two days.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News14 days ago
Demonstrators have again taken to the streets in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer nine days ago. There is no curfew in Ferguson tonight, but Gov. Jay Nixon has called in the state’s National Guard to help maintain order.
Yahoo News is following the latest developments, retweeting the observations of journalists and others in Ferguson, and taking your comments in the chat player below.
Editor’s note: Some live video may contain colorful language or violent images. Viewer discretion is advised.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News16 days ago
FERGUSON, Mo. — Six months before he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, police Officer Darren Wilson earned a commendation for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty.”
Yahoo News confirmed the award through the February 11 Ferguson City Council meeting minutes and photos Wilson’s father posted to his Facebook page.
“Very proud of my son, Darren Wilson on his receiving a Commendation from his Police Department,” John Wilson wrote on February 11. “Congratulations Son.”
One image shows Wilson shaking hands and receiving the commendation from Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. In a second photo, the tall and slender Wilson brandishes smile as he returns to his seat with his honor.
Details of what the 28-year-old officer did to earn the commendation weren't immediately available. ( The Facebook page for the officer's father appears to have been deactivated shortly after Yahoo News first published this story on Saturday morning.)
FERGUSON, Mo. — After withholding his name for nearly a week, the Ferguson Police Department on Friday publicly identified the white patrol officer who recently shot and killed an unarmed black teen.
Chief Thomas Jackson said Darren Wilson was the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown multiple times following a brief skirmish in which police say the teen tried to take the officer's gun.
The chief provided few details about Wilson other than to say he has been with the department for six years and has no history of disciplinary action.
Wilson has been on administrative leave since the fatal shooting, which has sparked several days of clashes with furious protesters and drawn national attention.
The chief made Friday's announcement after initially declining to the release the name, saying the officer had received numerous death threats.
Chief Jackson declined to take reporters' questions at a news conference.
FERGUSON, Mo. — “It happened right here.”
Dominique Clemons is standing at the corner of Canfield and Caddiefield streets, pointing to the middle of the road where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a white police officer five days earlier.
“Last time I drove by here you could still see spots of blood on the ground,” says Clemons, holding back tears. “I can’t believe something like this is happening where I live.”
This St. Louis suburb has been the scene of turmoil and escalating public tension for several days. Earlier this week, protesters looted and destroyed businesses less than a half-mile from where Brown took his last breath. Then police dressed in fatigues waved military-style weapons and lobbed tear gas to disperse crowds from Florissant Avenue, a main thoroughfare in this town of 21,000.
Thursday night’s demonstration was far less eventful from a public safety standpoint. Still, thousands of protesters paraded down Florissant on foot and in a bumper-to-bumper convoy. Some of them hung outside car widows chanting “No justice, no peace.” Horns shrieked for hours.
Even the best show-biz acts eventually come to an end.
Neil Stammer, a star in the juggling world and a suspected child molester, has been captured by the FBI in Nepal after 14 years on the run.
Authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, say Stammer, who owned Rob’s Magic and Juggling Shop, skipped town in 2000 after police charged him with the kidnap and rape of a 12-year-old boy.
The FBI tried to find Stammer, now 47, but feared that the fugitive — who had traveled extensively and spoke dozens of languages — had fled the country.
In his teens and 20s, Stammer, who was born Andrew J. Allen but later changed his name, performed at nightclubs and on cruises ships, juggling for money in more than 30 countries.
“Given his overseas travel experience and his language skills, the juggler could have been hiding anywhere in the world,” the FBI acknowledged this week in a press release.
Without many leads, the case went cold.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News24 days ago
In his first public comments since nearly dying in Africa last month, the American doctor who contracted Ebola while working as a medical missionary says he is still haunted by those he couldn’t save.
“I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them,” Dr. Kent Brantly said in a written statement. “I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.”
Brantly’s account came in a press release from Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian humanitarian organization he had been working for.
“I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital, where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible,” he wrote from Atlanta. “I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease.”