Ferguson, Missouri gets black police chief after Michael Brown case
10 May 2016, 18:42
Washington – An African American officer took the helm of the
police department in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, less than two years after
police there killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown.
Brown's 2014 death sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests,
and ignited a national debate about race relations and law enforcement in the
Ferguson was required to reform its police department and courts
after federal investigators found a widespread pattern of racial discrimination
and multiple violations of citizens' constitutional rights in the St Louis,
Delrish Moss, a veteran of the Miami police seen as an expert in
community policing, was brought in to try to restore the community's confidence
in the authorities.
Moss, 51, pledged to bring more diversity to the department, which
is majority white in a city where two thirds of residents are African American.
Prior to its reforms, a federal investigation found that police
officers in the city of 21 000 "routinely" pulled over motorists
without reasonable suspicion, carried out arrests without probable cause and
used "unreasonable force."
Brown's killing was among a series that tragically highlighted
problems with US police tactics and black men. These were among the lingering
problems that helped spur on the Black Lives Matter activist movement against
law enforcement violence seen as racist.