Following the news that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would resign, Ferguson mayor James Knowles held a press conference Sunday morning announcing a slew of initiatives aimed at improving policing in Ferguson.
The initiatives include:
- a "citizen review board" composed of business leaders, local residents and law enforcement officials that would begin rolling reforms of the Ferguson Police Department.
- scholarship and recruiting programs to recruit local high school students into the police academy which will help "mak[e] the department more reflective of the demographics of the community.”
- offering stipends to police officers who actually live in the community in which they work.
The Ferguson Police Department has faced criticism for having an overwhelmingly white police force even though the city of Ferguson is predominantly black.
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