Residents begin recall election effort of Ferguson mayor
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Several Ferguson residents have started an effort to force a recall election of the city's mayor following a scathing Justice Department report on the police department and municipal court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported five residents have notified city hall that they have formed a committee to gather signatures to force the recall election of Mayor James Knowles III.
Knowles said the effort concerns him, because having to re-run for office would be a distraction.
The federal report followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by now-former officer Darren Wilson. It found widespread racial bias in the city's policing and in a municipal court system driven by profit extracted from mostly black and low-income residents.
Six Ferguson officials have resigned or been fired since the report was released.