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New day, new uncertainties in Ferguson

New day, new uncertainties in Ferguson

08/19/14 10:51PM

Rachel Maddow recaps the past 24 hours in the events surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown, including another deadly police shooting, many arrests overnight, but also several peaceful protests. watch

Protest future follows Brown case progress

Protest trajectory follows progress in Brown case

08/19/14 10:45PM

Patricia Bynes, Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township, talks with Rachel Maddow about the trajectory of protests over the police shooting of Michael Brown and the importance of a public sense of official progress being made on the case. watch

Ahead on the 8/19/14 Maddow show

08/19/14 08:45PM

Tonight's guests:

  • Antonio French, alderman for the City of St. Louis
  • Anthony Gray, an attorney for Michael Brown's family
  • Patricia Bynes, Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township

And here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a preview and some thoughts on St. Louis:

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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 8.19.14

08/19/14 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:
 
* The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, just a few minutes ago, published an op-ed from Attorney General Eric Holder: "A message to the people of Ferguson."
 
* A broken cease-fire: "Another Gaza cease-fire collapsed on Tuesday when Palestinian militants fired rockets into southern Israel, drawing retaliatory airstrikes from Israel and prompting the Israeli government to withdraw its delegation from Egyptian-brokered talks in Cairo for an agreement to end the latest conflict."
 
* Ukraine: "Ukrainian forces pushed deeper into territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, fighting street battles in the besieged city of Luhansk and pressuring the outer defenses of Donetsk in a further blow to the separatists' crumbling virtual state."
 
* Patience: "It could take months before the officer responsible for the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown is arrested, Capt. Ron Johnson said Tuesday."
 
* Ferguson: "A funeral and public memorial for Michael Brown will take place Monday morning, according to family attorney Anthony Gray."
 
* She's not alone: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday joined the chorus of national lawmakers calling for a review of the federal program that transfers military gear to local police, amid ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Mo."
 
* Iraq: "The last time the United States pushed Iraqis to choose a new prime minister who could unite the country to confront a sectarian civil war was in 2006, and the Iraqis chose Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. The result was another civil war. This time, with the country again on the edge of collapse, they have chosen Haider al-Abadi."
 
* There has to be a story in there somewhere: "President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place."

Another fatal shooting incident unfolds in St. Louis

08/19/14 04:45PM

As if tensions in the area weren't already running at a dangerously high level, there was another incident this afternoon in St. Louis, not far from last week's shooting in nearby Ferguson. MSNBC's Zachary Roth and Amanda Sakuma reported from the scene.
Two St. Louis policemen shot and killed a 23-year-old black man Tuesday just three miles south of Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of more than a week of violence and protests in the wake of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, being killed by Darren Wilson, a white local police officer on Aug. 9.
 
According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, the unidentified male initially entered a convenience store carrying two energy drinks. After exiting, he re-entered and allegedly took a package of pastries without paying for them. When he was confronted by the store's owner he tossed the food into the street and began to walk around "erratically", according to St. Louis police.
 
Another business owner contacted authorities and when officers arrived the man allegedly pulled a knife out of his waste-band in a threatening manner, and told police, "Shoot me now, kill me now, shoot me."
While many of the details surrounding Michael Brown's death remain unclear, there's quite a bit of information available about today's incident. According to Dotson, the suspect ignored repeated calls to stop and police only fired when the suspect came within a few feet of the officers with a knife.
 
Though it's unclear if there are any videos of the incident -- the police have urged anyone with cell-phone footage to please come forward -- there were multiple witnesses, including a local alderwoman.
 
Dotson's press conference, which went into even more detail, is below.

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