Monitor of Ferguson's police, court reforms to give update

6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:44:38 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) — Residents of Ferguson are getting an update on reforms to the suburban St. Louis city's policing and court system.

Reform monitoring team leader Clark Ervin will be speaking Monday during a town hall meeting. A consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice calls for diversity training for police, outfitting officers and jail workers with body cameras, and other reforms.

Ferguson's justice system came under scrutiny after the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old.

A county grand jury and the Department of Justice cleared Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson officer who killed Brown. But the Justice Department found patterns of racial bias in Ferguson's policing and a municipal court system that generated revenue largely on the backs of poor and minority residents.

 

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