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Fri Aug 22, 2014, 06:57 AM

 

What Should Ferguson Protesters Demand?

http://billmoyers.com/2014/08/21/what-should-ferguson-protesters-demand/

After days of marches in response to the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, we asked our Facebook audience what they thought protesters on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, should be demanding. We received over 1,200 responses.

Many believed protesters should seek the immediate arrest of Darren Wilson, the officer who killed the 18-year-old Brown, striking him with six bullets. A grand jury is hearing evidence in the investigation and will ultimately determine whether Wilson will face criminal charges. For the sake of fairness, many suggested that a special prosecutor be appointed, given the current St. Louis county prosecutor’s previous decisions, as outlined in Thursday’s New York Times editorial: A Fair Inquiry for Michael Brown.


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Many on Facebook called for ending the Pentagon’s Excess Property Program, which has supplied equipment meant to fight wars to police departments across the country — including Ferguson — with more than $4.3 billion in gear since 1997.

An overwhelming number of commenters suggested changes to the Ferguson police force, including the hiring of more African-American officers (currently there are three black officers and 50 white officers in a town that is 67 percent African-American). Another popular suggestion: the use of front-facing body cameras on police officers to document their interactions, which has been successfully implemented in the town of Rialto, California, among others. There, use of force incidents dropped by 60 percent and complaints against cops were down by 88 percent in the first year that police officers started wearing the cameras.

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Scuba Aug 2014 OP
Skidmore Aug 2014 #1
justiceischeap Aug 2014 #2
socialist_n_TN Aug 2014 #3
Lee-Lee Aug 2014 #4
Scuba Aug 2014 #5

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 07:23 AM

1. Recall of mayor

and firing of police chief. Reorganization and training of police department.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 07:26 AM

2. They've already made their demands, they want an indictment. nt

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 07:42 AM

3. All of the above. Plus......

community policing and majority community control and oversight OF that community policing. The power structure can't police oppressed areas fairly, so the people have to do it themselves.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 07:52 AM

4. My partial answer from another thread

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5422683

Changes to the law so that the city can't use money from tickets and court fines for it's budget.

Right now with around 20% of the city budget coming from fines and court costs you have a situation where reducing crime is actually bad for the budget, and the town balances it's books by aggressive enforcement of any law that disproportionally hits minority residents.

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 07:54 AM

5. Good idea, thanks.

 

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