Suspect Who Allegedly Shot Two Officers Confessed to "Confidential Source"

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Jeffrey L. Williams' booking photo.

According to the warrant issued for his arrest, Jeffrey L. Williams told a confidential source that he is responsible for shooting and wounding two police officers at the Ferguson Police Department on March 12.

As first reported by Yahoo News, the warrant details how an informant who had been "proven reliable in previous law enforcement investigations" contacted Ferguson Police Department detective Robert Brannan to say that he or she "had a phone conversation with a subject who claimed he was involved in the shooting of two police officers in the City of Ferguson."

The informant met with Brannan, where he or she was given a hidden audio and video recording device, then went to see Williams at his house in north St. Louis.

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Missouri History Museum Cancels Ferguson Event Over Inclusion of Palestine

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Ray Downs
Supporters of Palestine held a vigil last year during the most recent war in Gaza.
Anyone who has sat through a rain-delayed baseball game can attest that there are times when, as the saying goes, the best laid plans go awry. But, as a group of student organizers and local activists learned Tuesday, plans can also go awry when the Missouri History Museum decides the issue of Palestine is too controversial to be handled at a public event.

The event in question, titled "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action," was scheduled to run Thursday night and had been advertised as such for weeks on the museum's website. So organizers were surprised when museum officials abruptly changed their minds, demanding Palestine be removed from the event's program. The organizers refused.

"They gave us an ultimatum, either that we don't include Palestine or that we don't do the event. So at that point we said that we weren't going to do the event," Bradley Schlesinger, one of the event's organizers, told Washington University's Student Life.

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Darren Wilson Gives Speech to Non-Profit for Cops "Wrongly Accused in the Line of Duty"

Categories: Ferguson, Police

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Christopher Hunt, director of Hunt of Justice, welcomed Darren Wilson to speak to law enforcement supporters last weekend.
A St. Louis non-profit that raises funds for police officers' legal funds welcomed a very special guest to its annual trivia night on Saturday -- former Ferguson cop Darren Wilson.

Hunt for Justice director Christopher Hunt, who is also an officer with the St. Charles County Police Department, tells Daily RFT that Wilson made some brief remarks to open the organizations' yearly gala. According to Hunt, there is no recording of Wilson's remarks, but Hunt says Wilson did not mention anything about Ferguson.

Although Hunt For Justice has contributed an undisclosed sum to Wilson's legal defense in the past, Hunt says the funds collected Saturday will not go Wilson, and that he was not compensated in any way for speaking. Hunt declined to provide a dollar amount for how much money was raised during the trivia night.

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Jeffrey Williams Arrested and Charged for Shooting Two Officers in Ferguson

Categories: Crime, Ferguson

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Jeffrey Williams' mugshot

Today, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch charged Jeffrey Williams, a twenty-year-old resident of St. Louis County, with the shooting of two police officers at the Ferguson Police Department early last Thursday morning. One was shot in the face, the other in the shoulder. Both are now recovering at home.

See also: VIDEO: Two Officers Shot Near Ferguson Police Department

According to McCulloch, Williams has "acknowledged his participation in firing the shots."

"He is a demonstrator," McCulloch said at a press conference Sunday afternoon. "He has been out there on other occasions."

However, McCulloch said, that it is possible Williams' intended target was not law-enforcement officers, but rather someone he had a "dispute" with and that his actions had nothing to do with the protest. He is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action. He is currently in custody with a $300,000 cash-only bond.

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5 Reasons We Won't Miss Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson

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Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson released this apology video seven weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown.
After five years as the chief of the Ferguson Police Department, Thomas Jackson announced his resignation this week.

The excoriated chief headed the department as the U.S. Department of Justice found a "pattern of unconstitutional policing" as well as procedures that prioritized bringing in revenue over providing security.

Jackson will stay on as chief until March 19 and then will receive about $96,000, his annual salary, in severance pay. He is the sixth Ferguson official to leave after the justice department report.

See also: 30 Shameful Stories About Ferguson Police from the Department of Justice Report

In honor of Jackson's imminent departure, Daily RFT looks back at some of his best worst moments:

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Ferguson Protesters to Police: Shooter Was Not One of Us

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Steve Truesdell
Protesters march in Ferguson on August 18.
As police search for the gunmen who shot and injured two St. Louis-area police officers at a Ferguson protest Thursday morning, activists are pushing back against police statements that the shooters were "embedded" or associated with peaceful protesters.

St. Louis County's Chief Belmar walked a fine line Thursday as he attempted to explain how protest security puts officers at risk while also supporting residents' right to demonstrate.

"I have said all along that we cannot sustain this without problems," Belmar said early Thursday after the shooting. Belmar said it's "a miracle" that gunfire hasn't wounded officers before now. "That's not an indictment on everybody that's out there certainly expressing their First Amendment rights. We've seen in law enforcement that this is a very, very, very dangerous environment for the officers to work in, regarding the amount of gunfire that we have experienced up there."

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Several Taken in for Questioning in Shooting of Two Officers in Ferguson

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Officers moved into this neighborhood with a tactical team.

A police tactical team raided a home in the area of Tiffin and Dade avenues this morning and several people were taken in for questioning. St. Louis County Police spokesman Sergeant Brian Schellman confirms that the action is related to the search for the gunman who shot two officers outside of the Ferguson Police Department early this morning.

Post-Dispatch reporter Kim Bell began tweeting images of the raid just after St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar wrapped up a news conference about the status of the two policemen. He declined at that time to talk about the investigation, saying he had not yet spoken with his detectives on the scene.

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VIDEO: Two Officers Shot Near Ferguson Police Department [UPDATE]

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Danny Wicentowski
In this photo from late September, officers stand guard outside the Ferguson Police Department.
Two police officers were wounded early Thursday morning after being struck by gunfire near the Ferguson Police Department.

One of the officers, from the Webster Groves department, is a 32-year-old, 7-year veteran of law enforcement, according to a press release. The other officer is a 41-year-old,14-year veteran from the St. Louis County department.

The Webster Groves officer was shot in the face, while the St. Louis County officer was shot in the shoulder. Officials described the injuries as non life-threatening, although both officers are being treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and are in serious condition.

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City Manager, 4 More Ferguson Employees Ousted After DOJ Report

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Chad Garrison
Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson reveals the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.
In the most significant staffing shake-up yet, Ferguson's chief executive resigned from the post he held for eight years Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Justice found evidence of unconstitutional and racially biased police and court procedures. Three other employees have also resigned, and one was fired after the scathing report.

John Shaw resigned from his post as Ferguson's city manager Tuesday night during the city's first council meeting after the justice department report was released. The council unanimously voted to accept Shaw's resignation.

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Jeff Roorda Calls DOJ Ferguson Report a "Flimsy Tortilla," Anderson Cooper Can't Even

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Police union spokesman Jeff Roorda on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
The U.S. Department of Justice's scathing 102-page report on racial bias in Ferguson is basically the soggy tortilla that splits open after one bite and spills piping hot carnitas all over your lap.

At least, that's what St. Louis police union spokesman Jeff Roorda told Anderson Cooper on CNN last week.

See also: Woman Files Assault Complaint Against Police Union Rep Jeff Roorda After City Hall Brawl

Roorda went on the show to talk to Cooper after the justice department released two reports related to the fatal August 9 shooting of Michael Brown. One report cleared former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of any civil rights charges related to the shooting, saying it's likely Wilson feared for his life when pulled the trigger. The second report detailed disturbing (though not unexpected) allegations of racial bias and discrimination within Ferguson's police department and court system.

During his interview with Cooper, Roorda was reluctant to address the report on Ferguson police overall, focusing instead on how the justice department's report on Wilson said it's unlikely he shot Brown while his arms were raised in surrender.

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