Ferguson’s proposed settlement with DOJ could cost city $350,000 this year
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.
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.
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.
The Justice Department is satisfied with the agreement, at least.