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Expert: Ferguson Protests Could Leave Legacy Similar to Watts, Rodney King Riots

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Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police shot smoke and tear gas to disperse the protestors with as they became unruly.  Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police shot smoke and tear gas to disperse the protestors with as they became unruly. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - Could Ferguson leave a legacy like those of the Watts and Rodney King riots? A local expert on police misconduct hopes so.

St. Louis University Law Professor Emeritus Roger Goldman says that after Watts, the Kerner Commission on Civil Disorders issued several recommendations, and after Rodney King, Congress allowed the feds to investigate entire police departments.

Goldman hopes Ferguson leads to a better way to keep track of the 30,000 police officers nationwide who have lost their licenses.

“Where are they now?” Goldman asks. “The feds could have a data base the way they do for health care professionals who have been in trouble.”

Goldman tells KMOX’s Hancock and Kelley he’d also like to see the feds spend $100 million to appropriately train police on the use of the billions of dollars worth of military equipment they’re providing departments.

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