FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- A group looking to oust Ferguson Mayor James Knowles is planning to present signatures on a petition today which could force a recall election. The petition, with those signatures, will be turned in to the city clerk at Ferguson City Hall. The group involved with the recall effort called Ground Level Support also plans to inform the mayor about the petition at tonight`s Ferguson City Council meeting.
A group spokesperson says the petition has about 2,200 signatures calling for Knowles to be removed from office. Roughly 1,800 more signatures are reportedly needed to force a recall election.
Ground Level Support launched the effort to get rid of Knowles after that blistering justice department report revealed that Ferguson`s municipal court system, police department and city leaders consistently discriminated against African- Americans. The municipal court judge, city manager and police chief all resigned in the wake of the report.
Ground Level Support thinks Mayor Knowles should resign too.
He was not available for comment.
The city clerk has 20 days to verify the signatures. If the signatures are approved, the petitions will be given to the city council to set a date for a recall election.