Ferguson mayor on how policing has changed since Michael Brown’s death

The city's first black mayor talks about race relations and what has changed since 2014.
5:25 | 10/01/20

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Transcript for Ferguson mayor on how policing has changed since Michael Brown’s death
I don't look at it does me being known to SaaS of in this throughout the kidney is being in the middle. An important issue. Man and how can I games that uniqueness that I bring to the table loved being in a black man and being the chief of police in today's world. How can use that to help better relations attack and I have used that you note to rid some gaps that we have. And so it it it is a stroke because you know from some people in the black community when they see me they call me it's very ago with time for me wearing this uniform. And I can't let that skirts me because I feel that though the work that I have to do is is needed. Because if it wasn't me wearing this uniform try to do this work who would be would that person bring that thing level of commitment. And genuineness to try to to help you know pick some of the problems that writes on the wrong you know that we've had in this profession. That was the chief of police in Ferguson Missouri City that's been in the national spotlight ever since a police officer shot and killed. Michael Brown just over six years ago. And that helped energize the black lives matter movement and the city has been in a reckoning with issues of institutionalized racism and police relations ever since. But this year Ferguson made history electing its first female African American mayor and she joins us live now mayor Ella Jones thanks for being here. Thank you and me it's our pleasure so you have said that Michael Brown's death actually played a role in U running for mayor can you explain why. Play a big role because. I use just. Uncle outlasts his Angola due from way. Didn't quite get involved in the community. And we're not that cult and nine at. On the committee moment edge she told me that. My brow had been up greatly shocked and he's been he had screens almost four hours. Why it neatly upset because it could have been might check out. Lane in street so I decided symbol. Complacency. And starting getting involved in the community. Are copies are council people. Councilman. Playing James told me that does is that neighbors in the human rights commission. And I want to consider human rights commission started working with a human rights commission working in the community action and he are hand today. Just showing how we can all do our small part and make maybe a bigger difference than we thought. Mayor after Michael Brown's death the FBI investigated the Ferguson police department and found patterns of discrimination and policing. But also racism in local government more broadly what kind of changes have you seen since then. Well since then we have instant decree. In the purpose of the consent decree is screw is to create constitutional. Police in an hour police department. Out courts have been farmed. We check all box spying thousand. Tickets. And we created amnesty program. Where we're this drastically. Reduced to less than 300. Are important we have our consent decree here in Gerris prairie. And we don't make instruct his sweet. And coordinate McColl Barton she has come here and made a big difference. We are in July and more to nearly eighty. Compensations. Ominous light and room and came out. Up to me now say shouldn't quit the police department. With the consent decree TO Courtney your. And head of the people in the sit up burgers and this ends and disgust. The only way we eagle on his racism. It is although he stays here in Ferguson. We must end and tackle numbers. We must on this and everyone is not saying. How epic you got to meet people where they all so we are steady and working to make a difference burgers. And you have said that you're not party funding the police and Ferguson Wyatt that. How come not for deep in debacle he's a partisan because strives. On the with the entrance into creeks what. Really needed re yeah. Additional client being here and Ferguson. Right now we need community engagement purse. So local these doesn't have to go out also maybe the best college. And yet but took an exit a visitor able. And it was so young people and here come the bullies and kids and makes all of police always earlier house didn't miss so if we have. To merely in millions in gage and that person could go to the OK. And top at Amway give them some resource is what our police being able to do. Some they. We named a person who couldn't ambient and police trainer to make certain that Howell police. Understand. And get all the nets sit. In on how to be Indy victory balloons are. All right mayor Ella Jones from Ferguson Missouri we appreciate your time today thank you thank you.

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