The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.
Federal prosecutors have submitted a summary of written testimony for Tuesday's hearing on whether a settlement agreement the city of Portland reached with federal investigators is "fair, reasonable and adequate'' to address police problems identified by the U.S. Department of Justice
In recent weeks, lawyers from the NLG’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter achieved two major victories for the rights of protesters faced with police brutality and unlawful repression.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, thousands of people converged on Washington, D.C. to see Barack Obama sworn in for his second term as president. Some of those people were celebrating the inauguration. Some of them were protesters.