The VMAs were filled with show-stopping performances, but Common got serious for a second to lead a heartfelt moment of silence for Michael Brown and the town of Ferguson. The rapper, who was on stage to present the Best Hip-Hop Video, cited the genre as an outlet of social change in wake of the protests in Ferguson. He also called “for justice for Brown and for peace in this country and in the world.” Watch it above. [Huff Post]
British officials have identified the man who beheaded an American journalist on video last week. British intelligence officials claim their extensive search has helped them find the British militant responsible for the murder of James Foley. The name of the suspect has yet to be confirmed. [USA Today]
The Ebola virus has taken the lives of two people from the Congo. The nation’s health minister Felix Kabange Numbi says the deaths are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed over 1,400 people. Kabange says that 11 people were sick, while 80 others were being traced. Djera, the town the victims reside in, is currently under quarantine. [Huff Post]
The video that shocked the nation of a man killed by the police just days after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, has experts believing the shooting was justified. Cornell law professor Jens David Ohlin and former Department of Labor special agent David Long claim that the police were following training procedures since the man posed a threat with a knife. As police officers try to get the man to surrender, the suspect allegedly showed signs of harm to the officers, thus proving their actions to be within police training. [Think Progress]
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A Week Of Protest For Michael Brown: Ferguson, Missouri In Pictures (PHOTOS)
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1. Protester stands his ground as police throw tear gas.
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2. Demonstrator holds sign during a protest of the shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown.
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3. Police officer watches protest concealing his/her identity.
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4. Demonstrators in the streets of Ferguson protest after the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
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5. Ferguson police line up with riot gear where protesters are demonstrating.
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6. Ferguson police throw tear gas to disperse crowds protesting in the streets.
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7. Police surround and detain two people in a car as protests reach their fourth night in a row.
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8. Demonstrators out protesting the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
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9. Police stand and watch protesters.
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10. Demonstrator holds sign at protest of the Michael Brown shooting.
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11. Demonstrator walks away after being ordered off the street by police.
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12. Demonstrators protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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13. Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city of Ferguson, walks with protesters.
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14. Crowds gather to protest the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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15. People react to the naming of the officer who shot and killed unarmed Michael Brown.
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16. People react to the naming of the officer who shot and killed unarmed Michael Brown.
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17. In the parking lot of a gas station, which was burned during rioting, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announces the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.
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18. Police armed with rubber bullets during protest.
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19. Memorial for Michael Brown stands in the middle of the street where he was gunned down.
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20. Police watch as demonstrators protest the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
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