A Ferguson, Missouri, reform panel released a report calling for the consolidation of police departments and municipal courts, reported Jurist. The 16-member Ferguson Commission, established by the governor of Missouri issued a 198-page report, titled "Forward through Ferguson, a Path toward Racial Equity." The report makes a number of recommendations, including criminal justice, housing, education and economics.
Its proposals include establishing a statewide, publicly available use-of-force database to track police shootings, ending predatory lending and establishing healing centers to address behavioral and health issues in schools.
After a grand jury did not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown there was a large uproar from the Ferguson community that led to mass protests and violence in some instances. The case had reached international news when a federal judge ruled that the police tactics used on protesters was unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction.
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