FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A group of black elected officials, clergy, and the NAACP held a news conference outside the Ferguson Police Department, Sunday afternoon, to support the findings of the U.S. Department of Justice’s probe into the police department, and to demand action be taken to reform Ferguson law enforcement.
St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby said change is not possible without holding leadership accountable in this situation, “Over the past couple of days, Mayor Knowles has admitted no wrong in this situation. He has allowed for several people named in the report to resign, but has no intention of doing any more than that.”
St. Louis NAACP president Adolphus Pruitt is hopeful the Missouri legislature will take up the cause of people whose records were tainted by bogus traffic stop arrests made by Ferguson Police, “There’s no reason in the world for anybody to be wrongfully-arrested, incarcerated, then find out it was false.”
State Representative Courtney Curtis of Berkeley told the gathering he plans to ask for full expungement of the charges against those pulled over without probable cause.
Curtis also pledged to go after wrongs within municipal court systems around the state, “We will file legislation that prevents judges from being able to serve while having outstanding tax issues. It doesn’t seem right to be able to levy fines on individuals when you are not in good standing yourself.”
Curtis was referring to reports that have surfaced about a north St. Louis County municipal judge allegedly owing $170,000 in back taxes.
Curtis said specifically about Ferguson Police reforms, he’ll call for a community meeting, where residents can tell what they’d like to see done.
Ferguson resident Mary Robinson has already made up her mind, “We need new leadership here in Ferguson that can inspire the hearts and minds of our diverse community, not just a chosen few.”
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