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According to the US Department of Justice report, City of Ferguson police officers are only taught "escalation of force" and apparently are not trained to de-escalate force. That would explain why an unarmed teenager was shot and killed for allegedly jaywalking. City of Ferguson Police officers routinely engage in unsupervised and excessive force much like the brutal beating of motorist, Henry Davis, who had pulled over on the side of the road because it was raining so hard he could not see to continue driving. Davis was later booked for "property damage" -- because Davis bled on the officers' uniform.

In the City of Ferguson, city officials and a municipal court judge were found complicit in funding its government on the backs of the city's residents through court fines and fees. Ferguson -- a city with a population of 21,000 -- 16,000 people have outstanding arrest warrants. Municipal court judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer resigned from four municipal court posts after the scathing Justice Department report criticized him for using his position as municipal judge to generate revenue for Ferguson. My guess is a look at those other three court posts might be warranted. Brockmeyer then resigned as a Dellwood prosecutor and was placed on an open-ended leave from Florissant. City officials in Breckenridge Hills are meeting to discuss Brockmeyer's job as judge there. Ferguson reminds me of Valkenvania from the movie "Nothing But Trouble".

Now that the cat is out of the bag, what are we going to do about the institutionalized racism that has been proven to exist on the Ferguson Police Department.

Black people who reside in Ferguson didn't need a report to validate their lived reality. But now that the cat is out of the bag, what are we going to do about the institutionalized racism that has been proven to exist on the Ferguson Police Department. Racism that is top-down. Racism and disparate treatment on a police department that ultimately caused the No 1 and No 2 to resign.

Chief Thomas Jackson - resigned. And then the second-highest ranking commander in the beleaguered police department of Ferguson, Captain Rick Henke, head of the uniformed patrol division, stepped down along with Sergeant William Mudd, a 20-year veteran and Medal of Valor recipient who resigned after racist emails were uncovered.

Ferguson seems much like Lernaean Hydra; it possesses many heads and for each head that is cut off, two more take its place.

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Ferguson's black community demands accountability. In a city where six officials are allowed to slip away in the middle of the night, under a cloud of mystery and suspicion, hy can't we expect criminal prosecution when a public official has engaged in misconduct?

Police Chief Jackson walked away with a $100,00 golden handshake. John Shaw, the city manager -- who hired Jackson by the way -- steps down with a year’s pay of $120,000. Ferguson Municipal court clerk Mary Ann Twitty, whose position was described as " a powerful one," was merely fired after racist emails were uncovered .

In a recent televised interview shown here, former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher justified the golden handshake given amidst the hasty departures of Ferguson officials. Along with members of the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform & Accountability (NCLEOJ), I stand in support of the residents of Ferguson, BlackLivesMatter, and other community-based groups demanding justice and, more importantly, accountability.

The world now knows that the disparate treatment blacks who live in Ferguson have been complaining about has been undeniably substantiated. Rather than "recommendations" from the Department of Justice, perhaps it is time for a consent decree on the Ferguson Police Department something akin to a RICO investigation. The community needs teeth behind the DOJ report.

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