Ferguson, Mo., the birthplace of the #BlackLivesMatter movement following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, has reached a proposed consent degree with the Department of Justice, consisting of 131 pages of guidance that will govern how Ferguson police perform their duties.
Ferguson, Missouri releases proposed consent decree https://t.co/cveyy2X9ls
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Ferguson has posted the proposed DOJ agreement. https://t.co/EOplqqpXd4
— Chris King (@chriskingstl) January 27, 2016
The extensive agreement does touch on just about every aspect of policing. Officers will be trained in bias-free policing, use of body and dashboard cameras, avoidance of use of force when possible, First Amendment-protected activities, and more.
Officials in Ferguson, Mo., agree to train officers on avoiding use of force https://t.co/ykNtjkmV71
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one of the sticking points between the Justice Department and the city is the cost of monitoring compliance with the guidelines, which will be borne by the city and is estimated to cost $350,000 for the first year. Two taxes increases have been placed on the April ballot to offset the cost.
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— Carrie Johnson (@johnson_carrie) January 27, 2016
The Justice Department is satisfied with the agreement, at least.
Ferguson fighting tooth-&-nail against a DOJ consent decree is a nice parallel to the white backlash against reparations happening on my TL.
— TC (@tchop__StL) January 28, 2016