Residents of Ferguson, Missouri on Tuesday got a chance to weigh in on a proposal created to help avert a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.
Even though the city Hall was not big enough, the residents in hundreds packed into the hall, in order to share the residents’ views and also listen to the DOJ’s point on the reform.
Speakers were split on whether the city should adopt the proposal, but people on both sides worried it could cause even more financial hardship for the St. Louis suburb already scrambling to deal with a $2.8 million deficit.
Ferguson has been in the national spotlight since 2014, when 18-year-old Michael Brown who was unarmed was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson in August 9, 2014.
Wilson wasn’t prosecuted but the shooting led to Justice Department scrutiny of Ferguson police and municipal court practices.
The first public meeting on the proposed consent decree will be on Tuesday night and will be followed by comment sessions Saturday and on Feb. 9, when the city council could approve the agreement.
The agreement, if approved, would likely avert a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson.