Mayor Knowles acknowledges DOJ Report with reforms

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - While the Department of Justice calls its findings serious and the list of changes needed long; the civil rights division believes Ferguson can restore its lost trust.

The City of Ferguson originally said it would hold a news conference to respond to the department of Justice Wednesday, and then it went back on forth about whether that would really happen and at what time.

The 105 page investigative report is filled example after example of what the DOJ called a reason for the powder keg surrounding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

One example showing a reported interest in revenue over public safety is from April 2014.  Federal investigators say the Ferguson finance director recommended an "I-270 traffic enforcement initiative" in order to "fill the revenue pipeline."

And even with fast rising revenues from ticket fines, investigators quoted Ferguson finance director saying "I did ask the chief if you thought pd could deliver a 10% increase. He indicated they could try."

The report points to arrest abuses, pointing out that officers often cite people for "failure to comply", even if the request is unconstitutional.  It`s reported that an officer wrote 8 counts including making a false declaration for using the name "Mike" instead of "Michael."

In looking at the use of force, federal investigators say they found most cases ignored and noted that three officers claimed "injury sustained from using force on the job" with "no corresponding use of force paperwork."

The Department of Justice report says Chief Jackson brought in a new use of force policy when he came on board about five years ago, but that internal Ferguson investigations only found one case out of 150 reports that appeared to be a problem.

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