Ferguson Panel Recommends Merging Police, Other Changes
FERGUSON, Mo.—The co-chairman of a reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown said Monday that the group’s report calling for police departments and municipal courts to be merged and other changes “reveals uncomfortable truths about this region we call home.”
Rich McClure and other Ferguson Commission members acknowledge in their 198-page report that the panel has no power to enact any of the proposals. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he backs the recommendations and during a news conference declared: “I commit to you today that these tireless efforts will not be in vain.”
“Together we will lead St. Louis, our state, and our country toward a brighter future of justice and opportunity for all,” said the Democratic governor, who was joined by commission members at a local community college. “Where others have stepped back, Missourians have stepped up, setting an example for the rest of the nation. And we will continue to do more.”
The 16-member commission’s report comes 10 months after Nixon appointed the panel in November. The report, with 189 “calls to action,” recommends consolidating St. Louis-area police departments and municipal courts and scaling back police use of force.