ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A federal judge is hearing the community’s arguments for and against the city of Ferguson’s deal with the Department of Justice.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Perry will decide whether to approve or decline the consent decree.
“There’s a lot of people that would like to just move on,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said early Tuesday. “I think the vast majority are OK with an agreement that we can move forward with.”
But the agreement doesn’t go far enough, says Saint Louis University law professor John Ammann.
“We’re asking that the jail be shut down,” he told a KMOX reporter while walking into the Eagleton federal courthouse for the hearing. “Ferguson should not have a jail. They should treat municipal ordinance violations like civil cases and shut the jail down.”
One recent development that does weigh on Knowles’ mind?
“The fact that both of our tax increases didn’t pass” and because of that, he says they’re now walking into the potentially expensive agreement with a $600,000 short-fall.
The consent decree is a series of reforms, mostly police and courts-related, resulting from the unrest that happened in Ferguson in August of 2014, after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.
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