Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning outside the Ferguson Police Department after the police chief decided to resign due to public pressure following the Justice Department's report alleging bias in the department and municipal court.
The two police officers who were shot by a gunman are being treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and are listed in serious condition. St. Lous County Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that one officer from Webster Groves was shot in the face, while a county officer was hit in the shoulder. Three shots were fired, with at least two making contact with the officers, whom he believes were targeted by protesters.
"I've said many times we cannot sustain this without problems and that's not a reflection of those expressing their First Amendment rights," Belmar explained. "But this is a very dangerous environment for our officers to work in. These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers. I would have to make an assumption that these shots were directed exactly at my police officers." more >>
Ferguson, Missouri, city manager John Shaw resigned from his position on Tuesday and is the latest in a series of resignations and firings in the town that was found guilty of severe racial discrimination by the Department of Justice.
He had been appointed city manager since 2007 and was given authority to hire, fire and appoint employees as well as to oversee the annual budget. Shaw had more authority than Mayor James Knowles and was slammed by the DOJ report, though he denied that he had ordered any employees to violate civil or constitutional rights of Ferguson residents.
"While I certainly respect the work that the DOJ recently performed in their investigation and report on the City of Ferguson, I must state clearly that my office has never instructed the police department to target African-Americans, nor falsify charges to administer fines, nor heap abuses on the backs of the poor," Shaw said in a statement released to the public. "Any inferences of that kind from the report are simply false." more >>
Former New England Patriots running back Craig James spoke out against gay marriage on Monday and asserted that those who support same-sex unions "have a problem with God" and are giving in to Satan.
Speaking about the San Franciso Giants and New England Patriots' support for a legal brief advocating for same-sex marriage in a case the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments on in April, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins asked James to comment on society's shaming of Christians who support traditional marriage and the media's support for anyone who advocates for gay marriage.
James, who played for the Patriots in the 1980s, spoke fondly about the diversity among his teammates and how he was encouraged, not discourgaed, to read the Bible while the team was traveling to games. more >>
Planet Fitness has revoked a Michigan woman's gym membership because she filed a complaint with the company after seeing a man walk into the women's locker room. The national franchise said the woman is now banned from the chain on the grounds that she violated the company's "judgement free" conduct policy.
Yvette Cormier, who was a member at the Midland, Michigan, Planet Fitness location, told CBS affiliate WNEM about how she lost her membership after voicing her safety concerns when a man walked into the women's locker room as she was getting undressed.
"I was stunned and shocked. He totally looked like a man. He was not dressed like a woman at all," Cormier recalled. "This is very unprofessional and very scary." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham gave an ominous warning to Christians living in the United States Sunday, as he expounded on how religious freedoms are being eroded stateside while believers are being persecuted throughout the world.
Graham also expressed his concerns about the Obama administration's foreign policy, which has been to rebuke the nation's allies, such as Israel, while countries known to be hostile to the U.S. are attempting to shape policy by gaining influence in the Democratic Party and by giving large donations to entities such as The Clinton Foundation.
"I believe we're going to see persecution in this country," Graham said during an interview on "Fox and Friends Weekend" on Sunday. "We've already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians. I believe it's going to get worse, and we see no question gaining influence in Washington by those that represent the Islamic faith. We do have a problem in this country and we are losing our religious freedom and we're losing it a little bit day by day." more >>
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its list of the top 10 worst offenders of free speech on college campuses in 2014.
The top 10, in alphabetical order, are: Brandeis University, California State University-Fullerton, Chicago State University, Georgetown University, Kansas Board of Regents, Marquette University, Modesto Junior College, U.S. Department's of Education and Justice, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Iowa.
FIRE, founded in 1999, advocates for individual rights at American colleges and universities. It was founded by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate after publication of their book, The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses. more >>