Several Mizzou Law professors were interviewed by various media outlets about the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Prof. Frank Bowman was interviewed on KBIA’s Intersection about the legal developments ahead in the Ferguson case. Prof. Bowman was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an article explaining the grand jury process, which will eventually take place in Michael Brown’s case. He provided similar insight in an interview for an article in the New Republic, specifically discussing some of the limitations of the grand jury system, as well as on the Denver-based Craig Silverman Show, during which part of Prof. Bowman’s discussion focused on how some of the facts of the shooting, whether released or yet to be discovered or disclosed, may impact the grand jury process.
Prof. Bowman was also quoted by Canada’s National Post, a nationwide news service, in an article that was republished by several regional newspapers, including the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Sun. In it, he discussed the complexity of the legal process moving forward. Prof. Bowman was quoted in Newsweek magazine about justifications for lethal force, specifically in the case of a fleeing felon. Finally, Prof. Bowman was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report in an article about comments made by Gov. Jay Nixon, ’81, that “called … for a ‘vigorous prosecution’” of the matter. A spokesman for Nixon said the governor intended to call for the prosecutor’s appropriate handling of the situation, according to the article.
Prof. David Mitchell was quoted by KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR affiliate, for its program Take Two to discuss the reasoning behind the multiple investigations, including those at the local and federal levels. Prof. Mitchell was also interviewed on BBC World Television about the ongoing situation.
Prof. Ben Trachtenberg was quoted by USA Today in an article about the calls for Gov. Nixon, to choose a special prosecutor to handle the case of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown.
Prof. Rodney Uphoff was interviewed by Canadian Television (CTV) anchor Brad Giffen for a nationally aired program. Prof. Uphoff talked with Giffen for several minutes about his perspective on the use of force in the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The story was the lead on the program.
Prof. Richard Reuben was cited as a source in a chart published by The New York Times showing the number of arrest warrants per 1,000 people issued by municipal courts around the state. Ferguson, Mo., had the “highest number of warrants issued in the state relative to its size,” according to the Times.