Antonio French says Justice Department report reveals system of “taxation by citation” in Ferguson.
Seven months after Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, the Justice department released two reports this week. The first found there is not enough evidence to press federal civil rights charges against Officer Wilson. And the second detailed a frankly shocking pattern of unconstitutional and discriminatory behavior on the part of local police and courts.
Dasha Lisitsina talked to Antonio French, Alderman of St Louis’ 21st Ward and an active participant in the protest that rocked Ferguson in the tumultuous weeks after Michael Brown’s death.
Update: Two Ferguson police officers resigned on Friday after the report’s release. The city’s top court clerk was fired earlier in the week.