The streets of Ferguson have calmed, children are heading back to school and residents are honoring Michael Brown’s family's wish for peace.
But now a legal battle looms over whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting and killing the unarmed teenager.
Chris Cuomo hosted a Facebook chat on Tuesday to address your questions on the case.
Here are some highlights:
Q: Imarah – Guilty or not guilty, Do you not think six shoots is way overboard and also why the head or a fatal shoot, do they not teach them in the police academy ways to injure or slow down without killing? I think it should be mandatory that all police officers wear cam for both our protection and theirs as it will enable better transparency. What do u think?
A: Chris Cuomo the number of shots is a tricky part of the analysis. it always is in cases like this. the primary analysis is whether shooting was necessary at all.
Q: Anna – If officer Wilson is charged with murder, who pays the legal fees?
Keith – The police union
A: Chris Cuomo or him personally or benefactors, not the taxpayer, because the crime would be seen as not in the line of expected duty
Q: Elisabeth – I don't agree with police killing an unarmed man....however, the boy is on camera committing a crime....
A: Chris Cuomo Elisabeth – this is a natural instinct that I think fails to be helpful here. And here is why: we do not know whether the officer was responding to the robbery, and it does not seem that he was. the past therefore is only relevant as a measure of potential reaction to the actual altercation and shooting that occurred.
Attorney: New Audio Reveals Pause in Gunfire when Michael Brown was Shot
Posted by Chris Cuomo
Filed under: Big Conversation • Social
It can be tough to agree on a single word to describe something that affects every single American.
But when it comes to Congress, the task suddenly doesn't seem so insurmountable.
CNN asked Twitter and Facebook users to describe Congress in one word, and the most popular responses gave a clear verdict.
Congress is “useless,” “worthless,” and a “joke,” according to the most popular responses from over 5,000 respondents on social media.
Still trying to get a pulse on the most common feelings toward Congress? The other words on the top 10 list are “corrupt,” “incompetent,” “lazy,” “inept,” “idiots,” “selfish” and “dysfunctional.”
Do these responses surprise you?
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Posted by Eric Weisbrod, Jeremy Diamond
Filed under: News • Political Gut Check • Social
Facebook isn't the only social network that experiments on its users.
Online dating site OkCupid revealed on Monday the results of a study it conducted, in which it told subscribers they were more compatible than they really were. The result? There's something to the power of suggestion.
OkCupid, which is owned by Internet conglomerateIAC (IACI), gives its users a compatibility score based on how they answer a series of questions on the site.
Among users who were just 30% compatible, a single message from one OKCupid subscriber to another led to a conversation only 10% of the time. But here's the twist: when OkCupid duped users who actually had low compatibility, telling them that their compatibility score was 90%, they had a 17% chance of having an online conversation.
"The mere myth of compatibility works just as well as the truth," said Christian Rudder, co-founder of the online dating site, in a blog post about the results of the OkCupid study,
The experiment worked in the other direction as well. That is, when users with 90% compatibility were told that their compatibility figure was only 30%, the likelihood of a conversation dropped from 20% to 16%.
OkCupid's results come after Facebook (FB, Tech30) caused a stir in June by revealing that it had changed the content mix in the News Feeds of almost 700,000 users in early 2012. Some people were shown a higher number of positive posts, while others were shown more negative posts.
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Posted by By James O'Toole
Filed under: Social • Tech
Hurricane Arthur continues to dampen Fourth of July plans along much of the East Coast this morning.
Along with our team coverage from Indra Petersons and Alina Machado, we’ve seen a lot of amazing photos and videos coming in from you over social media and CNN’s iReport.
These photos were snapped by Michael Chorey out of Oak Island, North Carolina, yesterday afternoon as Arthur began to approach.
Michael is vacationing from Columbus, Ohio, for the holiday weekend.
He also reported hearing tornado sirens sounding shortly after taking these images on the beach.
We'd love for you to keep sharing your photos and videos, but please stay safe.
Go to iReport to submit the best of what you are seeing.
WATCH ABOVE TO SEE TIME-LAPSE VIDEO FROM FROM MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA, COURTESY OF iREPORTER DANI TENENBAUM
Posted by Anthony Morrison
Filed under: News • Social • Videos • Weather