Residents begin recall election effort of Ferguson mayor

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, March 17 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Tuesday, March 17, 2015 3:30:00 AM CDT March 17, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

 

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