Yesterday (July 26th), a federal judge assigned a monitor team to oversee Ferguson's policing and court systems. As some of you may already know, the police brutality shooting of Mike Brown uncovered racial profiling and racial court proceedings in Ferguson, Missouri.
Referencing an article from the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry made an announcement informing that a law firm from Cleveland was chosen to implement and supervised reforms in Ferguson. The monitoring team of Squire Patton Boggs is being led by former inspector general for the U.S. State Department and Homeland Security, Clark Evin who partnered with the firm. During the announcement, Ervin made the following statements below, conveying his honorable duties towards the task at hand.
"We are honored to take on this important assignment at such a critical time in our nation."
The funding for the monitoring team is $1.25 millions over a span of five years, with the options of $350,000 a year. Judge Catherine Perry authorized a consent decree between the U.S Department of Justice and the city of Ferguson to diversify its police department and reform training programs in diversity. Also, part of the reform included body cameras for police officers and county jail employees.
Following the 2014 shooting death of an unarmed Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, Ferguson's police department and court system came under fire for racially motivated policing methods. As a result of a federal investigation conducted by the Justice Department, the review of files and witness testimonies revealed Ferguson's faulty, racial and bias policing and court proceedings. A solution was presented to rectify the problems and issues of Ferguson, which were more internal based on their police departments and court system, instead of the community. The city filed applications for reform (as if they had a choice) and received nine prospect applicants for a monitoring team. After thorough review by the Justice Department, Police Chief Delrish Moss and Ferguson City Manager, De’Carlon Seewood; four possible prospects were chosen. The final selection came from Judge Perry, after a unified agreement for Squire Patton Boggs.
Seewood made the following statement below expressing the teamwork that came with the decision of a monitor.
"I’m excited that both the City of Ferguson and the Department of Justice have worked together to complete the process of choosing an Independent Monitor."
De’Carlon Seewood continued with her statement, elaborating on the importance of everybody involved and the goal of improving Ferguson.
"This is a true testament that the collaboration between both parties had a mission and that is to do what’s best for the Ferguson community and its police department."