Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson on Tuesday said that some journalists have given too much attention to the "criminal element" of the Ferguson protests.

"We had a number of journalists — and not all, I want to say that now, the journalists have been on our side, they have been our partners in reporting. I get home each morning, I look at the news and I am really grateful to the media for what they’ve done," he told MSNBC, according to video recorded by Mediaite. "But we have a lot of media that have not done a great job."

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CNN reporter Don Lemon said a St. Louis County police officer pushed him away from the sidewalk where he was reporting live form Ferguson, Mo. on Monday.

During a segment on "The Situation Room," CNN cut to Lemon as he was being corralled away from the road.

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Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday where he will meet with federal law enforcement officers and community leaders, President Obama announced during a Monday press conference.

The Department of Justice is conducting its own investigation into the death of Michael Brown, the black teen shot by a police officer last week. Holder on Sunday ordered a federal autopsy of Brown.

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A woman who identified herself as a friend of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, called into a radio show on Friday, allegedly with Wilson's account of the incident. She claimed Brown "bum rushes" Wilson during the minutes leading up to the shooting, according to an account Wilson's significant other gave to her.

A source that claimed to have detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Monday that the account from the caller is accurate and matches Wilson's account of the shooting.

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Missouri state Highway Patrol Cpt. Ron Johnson, who is leading police operations in Ferguson, addressed the crowd at a rally for Michael Brown in a Ferguson church, expressing sympathy for the Brown family and solidarity with the community.

"My heart goes out to you, and I say that I'm sorry. And I wear this uniform, and I should stand up here and say that I’m sorry," Johnson began in his speech at the Greater Grace Church.

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