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Ferguson City Manager Resigns amid Racism Scandal

teleSUR | March 11, 2015

At a meeting Tuesday, Ferguson City Council voted unanimously to accept the resignation of City Manager John Shaw, effective immediately.

Shaw offered his resignation after a scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department found the city administration was guilty of a range of systemic racially-biased practices. Shaw, who was among several individuals heavily criticized in the report, joins three others who were fired after the release of the report.

The city manager is the highest-ranking, non-elected municipal official and oversees numerous departments, including the police.

Shaw’s resignation came after Ferguson Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer, also criticized in the Justice Department report, resigned Monday. A Missouri state appeals court judge will take over all current and future cases assigned to Ferguson’s municipal courts.

The investigation by the Justice Department was triggered by the police killing of Michael Brown by white police officer, Darren Wilson. Wilson was never charged.

Among the reports findings, the Justice Department determined that the mostly white police force routinely targeted black people for arrests and ticketing, in part to raise revenue for the city through fines and fees.

The department also found officers had a pattern of using excessive force, illegally arresting people without cause, deploying attack dogs and tasers on unarmed people.

The Justice Department is expecting serious reform, though the Ferguson Mayor James Knowles has expressed some reservations about such changes. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has publicly stated that he is willing to dissolve the Ferguson police department if necessary.

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was the site of massive protests against police brutality and the disproportional deaths of black people at the hands of police across the United States.

March 11, 2015 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , ,

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