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Ferguson Mayor Responds To Department of Justice Report

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Ferguson Mayor Responds To Department of Justice Report

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  Changes are being made within the city of Ferguson following a scathing report released by the Department of Justice. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles responded to that report during a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Knowles said city officials have cooperated with the Department of Justice by supplying tens of thousands of documents, […]

Ferguson Mayor Responds To Department of Justice Report

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  Changes are being made within the city of Ferguson following a scathing report released by the Department of Justice. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles responded to that report during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

Knowles said city officials have cooperated with the Department of Justice by supplying tens of thousands of documents, including emails from 75 employees of the city of Ferguson. Knowles also said the City arranged ride-alongs for Department of Justice investigators to observe police officers while on-duty.

On Tuesday, Knowles says Department of Justice officials informed the City of Ferguson that a review of City emails uncovered explicit racial bias by three employees within the Ferguson Police Department. Those employees were immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and one has since been terminated according to Knowles.

Other initiatives include the hiring of an independent consultant recommended by the Department of Justice to conduct a patrol staffing and deployment study and a task force to create a Civilian Review Board.

Knowles also pointed out changes that have been made since the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown by then Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. These include the following:

  • The hiring of two Assistant Court Clerks. Both positions were filled by African-American females from a pool of 64 applicants.
  • All Ferguson Police Department officers have completed mandatory Diversity Training.
  • The Ferguson Police Department has implemented an Explorer Program in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.
  • The City passed an ordinance to cap municipal court revenues at 15% of the City’s overall budget.
  • The Ferguson City Council repealed several provisions in the Municipal Code relating to certain fees such as an administrative fee imposed by the police department when overseeing the towing of a vehicle and an administrative fee imposed by the City for employees to recall a warrant upon a specific request.
  • In addition, there’s no longer a separate offense for “Failure to Appear” which would now eliminate certain additional fines and costs.

Knowles would not take any questions from the press and immediately left after the news conference.

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