Our man Pete Williams with the scoop:
The Justice Department intends to launch a civil rights investigation of the entire Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department, according to administration officials.
An announcement of the investigation is planned for Thursday.
With the help of the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has been investigating last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was wounded several times by a Ferguson police officer. The shooting touched off several days of sometimes violent protest.
But this new investigation would be much broader, looking at the conduct of the entire Ferguson Police Department over the past several years.
The Justice Department will also look at the practices of the county police department, but that will be a more cooperative investigation, an administration official said.
The wide scope of this investigation is a big deal.
21:12 // 1 week ago
We’re sorry to report that EveryBlock has closed its doors.
It’s no secret that the news industry is in the midst of a massive change. Within the world of neighborhood news there’s an exciting pace of innovation yet increasing challenges to building a profitable business. Though EveryBlock has been able to build an engaged community over the years, we’re faced with the decision to wrap things up.
Thank you for having let us play a role in how you get your neighborhood news. Thanks for the contributions, for the questions, and for allowing us to connect you to each other, in many cases to make great things happen in your community. Along the way, we hope we’ve helped you be a better neighbor.
The site, which ended its run as an NBC property, was one of the Knight News Challenge's biggest success stories, having proven so successful that it was acquired by MSNBC.com in 2009. Alas, it was not meant to last. The creator, Adrian Holovaty, is well known in the programming community as one of the creators of the Django framework, and EveryBlock, in a lot of ways, was a showcase of what could be done with the framework. I saw Holovaty speak about four years ago, and that NBC News couldn’t find a way to keep this product moving is very sad. :(
EDIT: Poynter has more details on the shutdown. According to NBC News’ Vivian Schiller: “[EveryBlock] is a wonderful scrappy business but it wasn’t a strategic fit with our growth strategy and — like most hyperlocal businesses — was struggling with the business model.” Holovaty is quoted as saying he totally didn’t see the shutdown coming.
12:16 // 1 year ago