REUTERS/Kate Munsch - Protestors block a police vehicle from entering the City of Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court parking lot in Ferguson Missouri, March 11, 2015. The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, resigned on Wednesday, following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found widespread racially biased abuses in the city's police department and municipal court. Protesters had called for Chief Thomas Jackson's removal since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white Ferguson police officer on August. 9. The killing triggered nationwide protests and drew scrutiny to police use of deadly force, especially against black men.
On Ferguson, fragmentation, and fiscal disparities
April 2, 2015,
Municipal elections in Ferguson, Mo. are fast approaching. Amid the backdrop of the US Department of Justice identifying systemic racial bias by law enforcement and an over-reliance on traffic fines and court fees for revenue, there are great challenges to overcome. It would be one thing if Ferguson was unique. It is not.