Ferguson


LESSONS FROM FERGUSON: WHAT EVERY MUNICIPAL COURT NEEDS TO KNOW

The tragic events of 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, not only triggered protests and civil disorder, placed a community of 20,000 people at the center of vigorous debate in the United States about the relationship between law enforcement officers and African Americans, the militarization of the police, and the use of force doctrine in Missouri and nationwide.

In response to the shooting and subsequent unrest, the U.S. Department of Justice conducted an investigation into the policing practices of the Ferguson Police Department. In March 2015, the U.S. Justice Department announced that they had determined that the Ferguson Police Department had engaged in misconduct against the citizenry of Ferguson, by discriminating against African-Americans and applying racial stereotypes, in a "pattern or practice of unlawful conduct." While the conclusions of the 100 page report pertaining to law enforcement priorities were widely reported, media account predominantly focused on law enforcement practices. The report also detailed practices in the municipal court that that imposed substantial and unnecessary barriers to defendants that undermined the court, eroded community trust, contributed to making policing less effective, and ultimately devastated the City of Ferguson.

As the City of Ferguson works to rebuild a community that is damaged in multiple ways, TMCEC believes that the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s report provides insights that may prevent other cities throughout the United States from experiencing similar tragedies. Please share and explore the following related new and resources.

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(last updated 7/11/2016)

 

6/15/2016

National Public Radio

Murder Rate Spike Could Be ‘Ferguson, Effect’ DOJ Study Says

5/24/2016     

Reuters

Ferguson city attorney steps down after criticism

5/17/2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Judge hands down two more not guilty verdicts in cases stemming from Ferguson protests

5/10/2016

CNN

Ferguson swears in new police chief

5/9/2016

Reuters

Ferguson, Missouri police to stress safety, not fines: new chief

4/29/2016

Press Release

Working with the community leadership of Ferguson, Starbucks launches a long-term effort to create local jobs, provide training opportunities for youth, and invest in local minority-owned businesses

4/7/2016

TMCEC Webinar Presentation by Ryan Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC

Lessons from Ferguson: What Every Municipal Court Needs to Know

4/6/2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ferguson faces financial challenges after split decision on taxes

Huffington Post

Ferguson Vote Throws DOJ Reforms Into Doubt

3/30/2016

ABC News

Ferguson Settlement Could Be in Jeopardy if Tax Hike Fails

3/29/2016

St. Louis Public Radio

Judge deals big blow  to Ferguson-inspired municipal overhaul

3/23/2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Happy with your municipal court? Maybe that’s because it’s an affluent community.

3/14/2016

U.S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

DOJ Letter to Courts

2/11/2016

Frontline

Could Ferguson Win its Case Against the Justice Department?

2/8/2016

Fox 2 St. Louis

DOJ agreement could cost Ferguson $3.7 million in first year

1/19/2015

TMCEC Webinar Presentation by Ryan Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC

Have You Heard the Buzz: Commitment to the Commitment Order

12/16/2015

Associate Press

Ferguson, Justice Department close to agreement

11/17/2015

Nonprofit Quarterly

Reminiscent of Ferguson: Settlement  Ends Local "Debtor's Prison' Bail and Fine Practices

Time

Attorney General Says There's No Data to Support 'Ferguson Effect'

9/14/2015

Ferguson Commission Recommendations

Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity 

8/24/2015

National Public Radio

New Ferguson Judge Overhauls Municipal Courts

8/25/2015

The Atlantic

A Judge's Order Overhauls Ferguson's Municipal Courts

8/23/2015

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Muni court reform law takes effect Friday; many warrants, fines are being canceled early

 7/9/2015

State of Missouri

SB 5 Modifies distribution of traffic fines and court costs collected by municipal courts

 4/7/2015

Fox 2 News

Former Ferguson court clerk fires-back after termination over racist e-mails

Los Angeles Times

Ferguson voters turn out to elect 2 more black City Council members

4/3/2015

The Washington Post

These are the racially charged e-mails that got 3 Ferguson police and court officials fired

3/4/2015

The Washington Post

The 12 key highlights from the DOJ’s scathing Ferguson report

 U.S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

8/24/2014/ (updated 8/10/2015)

New York Times

Q&A: What Happened in Ferguson?

2/8/2015

New York Times

Ferguson One of 2 Missouri Suburbs Sued Over Gantlet of Traffic Fines and Jail