A U.S. Federal Judge Catherine Perry has finally approved recommendations to police reform in Ferguson.
After the unjustified shooting of an 18-year-old black male, Michael Brown, a Ferguson reform panel called for diversity training of police officers. The panel recommended that the police force get software and staff to analyze data on arrests. They demanded that all police and prison officers use body cameras.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Judge C. Perry endorsed an agreement between the justice department and Ferguson demanding changes in Missouri. The decision was made after several hours of public hearing in St. Louis.
After the hearing, the city Mayor James Knowles stated that many of the reforms have already been implemented and will do their best to “move into compliance as soon as possible.”
Can we say that a change has finally come to Ferguson and Missouri at large? Maybe it’s time to start making these dreams a reality and stop the talking. It has been more than a year and half since a white Ferguson officer killed an unarmed innocent teen.
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