Ferguson panel recommends merging police and other changes
FERGUSON (AP) - The co-chairman of a panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown said the group's report "reveals uncomfortable truths about this region we call home."
Rich McClure and other Ferguson Commission members joined Gov. Jay Nixon at a news conference Monday to discuss the panel's 198-page report.
The group's recommendations include merging St. Louis-area police departments and municipal courts and scaling back police use of force.
Nixon appointed the 16-member commission in November. The panel has no power to enact any of its proposals, but Nixon said the "tireless efforts will not be in vain."
After Brown's August 2014 death, several police departments and courts, especially in north St. Louis County, were accused of targeting minorities.