Beyond Baltimore: March 2

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

Stories compiled by The Daily Beast

Ferguson, Missouri:

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department is expected to release a report alleging that some members Ferguson police use racial bias when making traffic stops. The fines paid during such traffic stops are then used to balance the city budget, according to the Times.

Ferguson Mayor, James Knowles III said last week that he did not know what the Justice Department had found or would conclude, according to the Times.

The Ferguson Police Department was first scrutinized in August when officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed at the time.



A United Nations report released Monday counts that more than 6,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting intensified in April.

In the report, the United Nations blamed Russia for the area’s conflict escalation.

“Credible reports indicate a continuing influx of heavy and sophisticated weaponry to armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as foreign fighters, including from the Russian Federation,” the report states.



Almost a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its 239 passengers disappeared, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia are ready to test a new method of tracking airplanes, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday, March 1.

Airservices Australia, a government-owned agency, will work with Malaysia and Indonesia to trial a new means of tracking planes every 15 minutes using technology already installed on most long-haul aircraft. Now, locations are typically determined every 30 to 40 minutes.

According to the BBC, Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss called the new system is a “world first.” He claims that this new technology would not have guaranteed an answer to the Flight 370 mystery.

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