Ferguson Commission endorses police training reforms
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Ferguson Commission has endorsed reforms for training police officers that seek to reduce racial bias and the use of force while enhancing what commissioners call a "climate of care and accountability."
The training reforms were endorsed during a meeting Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the recommendations include having officers spend eight hours a year in anti-bias classes. Police are now required to take three hours of anti-bias classes in three years.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed the commission in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white Ferguson police officer in August. A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute the officer, Darren Wilson, who resigned in November.