2015-03-04

Amended and Restated Consent Decree

DOJ issued a 102-page written report of its findings ('Report') on March 4, 2015. The Report documents DOJ's finding of a number of patterns or practices of unconstitutional conduct and details DOJ's concerns about a number of Ferguson's police and court policies and practices.
Ferguson, MO ( Local)
March 4, 2015
Submitted by: Vanita Gupta

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Vanita Gupta

April 19, 2016

Use of Force: The Parties agree that all FPD officers and employees must have an unwavering commitment to protecting human life, and to upholding the value and dignity of every person. To foster this commitment, and to ensure adherence to the Constitution and all other laws, FPD will ensure that its use-of-force... Read more

April 19, 2016

Use of Force: The Parties agree that all FPD officers and employees must have an unwavering commitment to protecting human life, and to upholding the value and dignity of every person. To foster this commitment, and to ensure adherence to the Constitution and all other laws, FPD will ensure that its use-of-force policies, training, supervision, and accountability systems are designed to ensure that FPD officers:  

  1. Use force only when necessary to accomplish a legitimate public safety objective; 
  2. Use de-escalation techniques and tactics to minimize the need to use force and increase the likelihood of voluntary compliance with legitimate police orders; 
  3. Use force in a manner that avoids unnecessary injury or risk of injury to officers and civilians, is proportional to the level of resistance or threat encountered, and is de-escalated at the earliest possible moment; 
  4. Recognize and act upon the duty to intervene to stop any officer or civilian correctional officer from using force that is unreasonable or unnecessary; 
  5. Immediately provide any necessary emergency medical assistance after using force and immediately summon additional medical assistance as necessary; 
  6. Accurately and completely report all reportable force used or observed by officers; 
  7. Are recognized and supported when they achieve public safety goals while avoiding use of force; and  
  8. Are disciplined when they use force that is unnecessary or objectively unreasonable or otherwise violates law or policy.

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Vanita Gupta

April 19, 2016

Reform of the Ferguson Municipal Code: To ensure constitutional enforcement of the Ferguson Municipal Code ('`Code') and further promote community-oriented policing, the City agrees to revise the Code and ensure that it comports with the United States Constitution and other laws; establishes clearly defined... Read more

April 19, 2016

Reform of the Ferguson Municipal Code: To ensure constitutional enforcement of the Ferguson Municipal Code ('`Code') and further promote community-oriented policing, the City agrees to revise the Code and ensure that it comports with the United States Constitution and other laws; establishes clearly defined municipal offenses and appropriate penalties for violations; and adequately protects the public health, safety, and welfare.

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Vanita Gupta

April 19, 2016

Community Policing and Engagement: The FPD agrees to promote and strengthen community partnerships and positive interactions between officers and Ferguson residents, the City and FPD will increase opportunities for community engagement and will continue to adopt a policing approach that is community-oriented and... Read more

April 19, 2016

Community Policing and Engagement: The FPD agrees to promote and strengthen community partnerships and positive interactions between officers and Ferguson residents, the City and FPD will increase opportunities for community engagement and will continue to adopt a policing approach that is community-oriented and based on problem solving principles. The City will begin to host and participate in a series of small-group structured dialogues, arranged and led by a qualified neutral facilitator, between police officers and community members and groups, with an emphasis on community members and groups who previously have not had strong or positive relationships with FPD or the City.

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