People gather near a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last night. Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

The father of a black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month has appealed for calm ahead of h(...)

A death in St Louis
  • US
  • August 14, 2014, 01:01

At 18, Michael Brown had overcome learning difficulties to graduate this month from high school in St Louis, Missouri, and he was about to start at a (...)

Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri . Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and urged a thoughtful response after two nights(...)

People scatter as St Louis county tactical police officers fire tear gas along West Florissant Road in St Louis, Missouri, two days after a police officer shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson. Photohraph: EPA/Robert Cohen/St Louis Post-Dispatch

More than 100 people marched to the St Louis County courthouse yesterday to protest over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, but the dem(...)

Three years before Trayvon Martin was gunned down in Florida, a young black man lost his life in a shooting at the Fruitvale light rail station in Oak(...)

Michael Dunn  looks back into the courtroom from the holding area after the verdicts were announced in his trial in Jacksonville, Florida. Photograph: Reuters/Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, pulled into a petrol station in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 23rd, 2012, after leaving hi(...)

George Zimmerman is seen in a booking photo released by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department in Sanford, Florida, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters
George Zimmerman charged with assault
  • US
  • November 19, 2013, 07:08

The former neighbourhood watch volunteer cleared of murder after shooting dead an unarmed black teenager has been charged with assault after his girlf(...)

Caterina De Quesada and other supporters of Trayvon Martin protest in front of Florida senator Marco Rubio’s last April office to ask him to retract his support for Florida’s “stand your ground” gun law. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Prosecutors in Michigan are coming under mounting pressure to charge a homeowner who shot and killed an unarmed black woman on his porch as she was se(...)

A dream that endures
  • US
  • August 28, 2013, 01:00

Fifty years after his speech before a quarter of a million people to the United States capital the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Lu(...)

Daniel Smith, who was at the March on Washington when Martin Luther King made his “I have a dream” speech in 1963. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Fifty years ago Washington DC had braced itself for the worst. The day before the March on Washington, the District of Columbia cancelled sales of alc(...)