Robert McCulloch’s 28-year run as county prosecutor came to a stunning end Tuesday when he lost in a landslide to a Ferguson, Mo., councilman, Wesley Bell. McCulloch had been criticized for his handling of a 2014 police shooting that drew national attention.
As local governments increasingly rely on fines, fees, and harsh collection practices, federal courts should take a more aggressive role in intervening when these practices pose “irreparable harm” to poor Americans, according to a study in the Harvard Law Review.
Police fatally shot 987 people last year, two dozen more than they killed in 2016, according to a Washington Post database project that tracks the fatal shootings. Since 2015, the Post has logged the details of 2,945 shooting deaths.
The city dismissed the five-year-old case against Fred Watson, who was featured in a Justice Department report that criticized the city for targeting African Americans and making unconstitutional arrests.
It is “very misleading” for the news media to assert that police slayings of civilians in the U.S. are up since the Michael Brown case in 2014 in Ferguson, Bradley Campbell tells the American Society of Criminology. The average number of police killings nationwide has been steady at about 19 per week before and after Brown’s death.