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DOJ releases statement on meetings in Ferguson

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DOJ releases statement on meetings in Ferguson

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) – The Department of Justice released a statement after conducting meeting with members of the community in Ferguson. They called the three days of meetings meaningful and say they generated constructive recommendations on how to change unconstitutional police and court practices. Justice Department officials will continue to meet with more members […]

DOJ releases statement on meetings in Ferguson

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) – The Department of Justice released a statement after conducting meeting with members of the community in Ferguson.

They called the three days of meetings meaningful and say they generated constructive recommendations on how to change unconstitutional police and court practices. Justice Department officials will continue to meet with more members of the community, including Ferguson police officers, to discuss potential solutions.

The federal officials say they are prepared to begin negotiations on changes with the city, but if the city does not agree to negotiate, they will file a lawsuit to make changes.

 

The full Department of Justice statement follows:

“Members of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice have completed three days of meetings in Ferguson, Missouri, with a broad variety of individuals and community groups regarding the department’s findings in the investigation of the Ferguson Police Department and the next steps for institutional reform. The meetings generated thoughtful and constructive recommendations for changes to address the unconstitutional practices identified by the investigation. Community members were overwhelmingly committed to assist in the effort to achieve meaningful police and court reform as quickly as possible. In the coming weeks, department officials will continue to meet with these and other individuals, including Ferguson police officers, to solicit ideas for potential solutions.
“As department officials with the Civil Rights Division explained to the community groups and individuals with whom they met, the division looks forward to meeting in the coming weeks with Ferguson city leaders to begin to work collaboratively towards sustainable reform in the form of a court enforceable consent decree to achieve the necessary changes. If the city agrees to this process, the Department of Justice stands ready to meet with the city to begin negotiations. If the city does not agree to negotiate a consent decree, the Department of Justice retains the option of filing suit to ensure that the unconstitutional practices identified in our findings are remedied.
“During the meetings with community members and organizations, department officials saw a high level of constructive engagement, thoughtfulness and dedication to meaningful improvement of Ferguson’s police and court system. The department encourages the city to work with these well-intentioned and creative individuals and groups.”

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By Colin Jeffery

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