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December 3rd, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Fmr. federal prosecutor 'shocked' there is no indictment in choking death case

(CNN) – A New York grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The July incident was caught on tape, and Pantaleo used a banned maneuver to bring Garner down. How could there not be enough evidence to at least bring this to trial?

Former federal prosecutors and CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin discuss in the video above.

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December 2nd, 2014
07:07 PM ET

Did Rams executives apologize for Ferguson 'hands up' gesture?

(CNN) – The St. Louis Police Officers' Association was angry after five St. Louis Rams players showed solidarity with Ferguson protesters, walking onto the field Sunday with their hands up, mimicking the 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' gesture that has become a symbol of nationwide protests.

The association's business manager Jeff Roorda met with Rams executives Monday, saying it was "constructive," but he confirmed officials from the NFL team did not apologize.
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November 28th, 2014
04:46 PM ET

Ferguson moving on?

(CNN) – Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in violent protests early this week after a grand jury decided not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Local stores devastated by looters are just now beginning to re-open. Meanwhile, protesters turned their attention to big box retailers today, trying to turn Black Friday into a so-called "Brown Out Friday."

Is the community ready to move on?

Ferguson township Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes discusses, in the video above.

 

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November 26th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Brown family attorney: Officer Wilson is lying

(CNN) – Reacting to Officer Darren Wilson's first televised interview, attorney for Michael Brown's family said he has "no doubt" that Wilson is lying.
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November 26th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Lawyers: No plans for Officer Wilson to talk to Michael Brown’s family

(CNN) – In his first televised interview, Officer Darren Wilson said he had no choice but to shoot and kill unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

When asked whether he is haunted by the incident, Wilson said his conscience is clear.

"How can your conscious be clear after killing somebody, even if it was an accidental death?" Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden told CBS.

In an interview with CNN, McSpadden said to this day she has not heard from any Ferguson official – not from the mayor and not from the chief of police.

But what about Wilson? Is there any plan to try to reach out personally in any way to the Brown family?

"At this point it would be inappropriate given the situation," said Danielle Thompson, an attorney for Wilson.
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