Meet the Livestreamers Who Revolutionized How the World Watched Ferguson [VIDEO]

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Sadiyyah Rice
Livestreamers broadcast a conversation with police to followers all over the world.

The revolution may not be televised, but it is livestreamed.

Since the early days of the Ferguson protests, activists have used smartphones to record and live-publish video from demonstrations, connecting viewers around the world to the front lines of police clashes in real time.

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[VIDEO] Police Ask for Help Identifying These 182 Looting Suspects from Dellwood Market

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St. Louis County Police
Rioters looting the Dellwood Market. The red arrow points to the suspect known to police only as Suspect No. 9.
St. Louis remembers well how Ferguson and neighboring Dellwood erupted in chaos after the announcement that then-Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson wouldn't face criminal charges for fatally shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

After weeks of pleas from officials and store owners not to damage local businesses in the grand jury aftermath, arson, looting and gunshots began quickly after St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that Wilson was not indicted.

See also: 16 Photos of Ferguson Burning After Grand Jury Decision

Almost two months later, St. Louis County Police are asking for help identifying dozens of people who spurred the chaos by breaking into Dellwood Market, at 1621 Chambers Road in Dellwood, to steal cigarettes, snacks and drinks.

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Case Closed? FBI, Justice Dept Won't Charge Darren Wilson For Ferguson Shooting: NYT

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Bryan Sutter
Leslie McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, reacts to news that then-Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted by a local grand jury.
The U.S. Department of Justice is ready to close the case against former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, according to the New York Times.

Citing anonymous law enforcement officials, the Times reports that neither the FBI nor federal prosecutors plan to press criminal or civil rights charges against Wilson, who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, touching off weeks of protest and unrest.

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Missouri History Museum Collects Ferguson Protest Artifacts, Wants Your Donations

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Mabel Suen
This mural over a window broken during demonstrations on South Grand is now at the Missouri History Museum as part of the Ferguson Collecting Initiative.
It didn't take long for staff at the Missouri History Museum to realize that the next major chapter of Missouri's history was unfolding all around them.

As protests over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson gripped St. Louis in August, museum workers began collecting almost immediately: flyers, picket signs, t-shirts, videos, anything that could help future generations understand the turmoil St. Louisans are living through today.

"I think everyone had a feeling that this was going to be an event that was going to change history," Chris Gordon, director of library and collections, tells Daily RFT. "We really felt like we needed to be in a position to collect this as it's emerging so we can give future generations the clearest picture we can of what is really happening right now."

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McCulloch Hit with Bar Complaint over Grand Jury's Ferguson Investigation

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St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
It's been an eventful start to 2015 for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.

On Monday, aided by attorneys and a former judge, a group of seven citizens filed a formal bar complaint against McCulloch and his assistant prosecutors with the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel in Jefferson City. The group alleges that a host of errors, oversights and shady tactics undermined -- and perhaps sabotaged -- the case to indict then-Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the fatal August shooting of Michael Brown.

The eleven-page complaint (which you can read in full below) arrived the same day as a bombshell lawsuit from one of the actual grand jurors, who with the help from American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to lift the lifetime gag order on speaking publicly about grand jury proceedings.

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Grand Juror's View on Ferguson Investigation Could Inform Public Policy: ACLU of MO

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St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.
When the Missouri Legislature convenes Wednesday, lawmakers will consider a host of bills aimed at issues spotlighted during Ferguson protests: wearable and dash cameras for cops, municipal traffic ticket revenue, police use of deadly force, special prosecutors for officer-involved shooting deaths.

But if legislators want to ask questions about the Ferguson grand jury, either to better understand the aftermath of Michael Brown's death or while considering changes to grand-jury protocol, only one person is allowed to answer: St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch. Per state law, the grand jurors who investigated the case must stay silent about it for life or face criminal penalties.

One grand juror, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, wants to change that.

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Grand Juror Sues McCulloch, Wants to Speak Out About the Ferguson Case

A grand juror is suing to prevent St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch from filing charges if the juror speaks about the Ferguson case.
Grand jurors typically live under a lifetime gag order preventing them from discussing their cases.

But there's been nothing typical about the Ferguson grand jury investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.

Now a grand juror is suing for the ability to speak out about the widely-publicized case, saying St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch is mischaracterizing the jury's decision in his multiple media appearances while jurors are forced to stay silent.

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[PHOTOS] Protesters Get Arrested, Pepper Sprayed Trying to "Evict" St. Louis Police

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Photos by Sadiyyah Rice
A protester gets arrested outside St. Louis Metropolitan Police headquarters on New Year's Eve morning.
The anti-police brutality protests that started in Ferguson in August 2014 will only escalate in 2015, protester Kayla Reed promised during demonstrations on New Year's Eve.

"Just to let you know, it's the end of the year and we plan on going into 2015 a lot harder, a lot tougher," Reed told Daily RFT after protesters tried to occupy St. Louis Metropolitan Police headquarters Wednesday morning.

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2014's People of the Year Emerged During Ferguson Protests

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Steve Truesdell
Ferguson protesters and clergy are the 2014 people of the year in Time magazine, Gawker and HuffPost Religion.
When national media look for inspiration from the year that was 2014, they look to Ferguson.

Daily RFT rounded up the national news sites naming Ferguson protesters as their top people or heroes of 2014. (See more? Let us know!)

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Ferguson Police Spokesman Called Michael Brown Memorial "Trash," Then Lied About It

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Jessica Lussenhop
The ever-evolving memorial where Michael Brown was shot and killed.
Ferguson protesters have twice rebuilt the makeshift memorial in the spot where ex-Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown: once after it burned down in September and again on Christmas night after someone drove over it.

Now, the police department's spokesman is on unpaid administrative leave after calling the memorial, made mostly of stuffed animals, flowers and candles, a "pile of trash."

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