Two police officers and a court clerk over "racist emails"; they were fired.
The city manager and a municipal judge resigned.
Make that six, with the police chief resigning.
More will surely resign, with others forced out from occupying any power in the waning white power structure, soon to be replaced by a black power structure in Ferguson.
A black mayor is inevitable, as well as a majority black city council and a black police chief.
For those remaining whites in the 25 percent white city, the memory of Ferguson from decades ago (in 1990, the city was 74 percent white) keeps them married to a community that divorced them long ago.
You'd hope those white people still employed as public sector workers in Ferguson would understand the horror of what is coming for the city if the scathing, damning, searing Department of Justice report on the 'evils' of the Ferguson Police Department weren't contested; refuted as nothing more than a government going all-in on scurrilous anecdotes after the Darren Wilson report blew up in its face.
The Department of Justice showed all their cards in this game of poker, and the embattled white leaders of Ferguson seems content in folding, resigned to a strategy of capitulation in the face of unrelenting pressure from the corporate media, federal government, and a cadre of well-funded black agitators/protesters.
The question of what happens to the Ferguson Pension Plan as the city nears 80 - 90 percent black, and the then near all-black city employees and black tax-base can no longer afford
As of 7/1/14, the Ferguson Pension Plan has 252 members in the plan (134 actively paying into the fund; 118 inactive, or drawing a pension): the fund has a market value of $24.5 million.
How long can this last, with for-sale signs littering the front yards of white home owners in Ferguson, those long-time residents who now find their equity underwater as the black population continues to rise? [At Ferguson City Council Debate, Some Still Don’t See a Problem After Brutal DOJ Report,
Members of Ferguson’s city council met Monday night behind closed doors to discuss the Justice Department’s blistering report on the city’s police force and municipal court–and in a debate before a mostly elderly, white audience, some candidates for a council seat claimed the problems in the report were overblown.
In the wake of last week’s federal investigative report into the city’s law enforcement practices, the judge who ran Ferguson’s municipal court has resigned, a top court clerk who sent a racist email was fired, and two police department officials connected to racist emails have stepped down. The report highlighted problems with St. Louis County’s fractured network of municipal courts that extend beyond Ferguson.
But some people looking to join Ferguson’s government think the Justice Department was unfair to the city. Two black women and two white men are running in an election next month to replace Kim Tihen, one of two representatives for Ferguson’s Ward 1. Tihen, a former police officer, was one of the officers involved in a 2009 incident in which a man was wrongfully arrested, allegedly beaten, and charged with destruction of property for bleeding on police uniforms.
Mike McGrath, one of the white candidates, believes that Tihen did a good job on the council and that the Justice Department report on Ferguson was unfair.“They tried to go after Officer Wilson,” McGrath said in an interview after the debate on Monday, referring to Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. “When they couldn’t do that, they went after the city.”
McGrath drew strong support from the audience when he said the residents of Ferguson’s apartment complexes, who are mostly black, didn’t care as much about the city as the homeowners.
“I may be a silly old man in all of this, but I don’t think we have a big race issue here,” he said in an interview after the meeting, which was interrupted several times by other white residents who wanted to thank him and offer their support. “We have an issue with that part of town and they’ve been a bad part of town for a long time, sadly.”All of those white retired civil employees who paid into the Ferguson Pension Plan and helped plant the social capital in Ferguson now uprooted by Section 8 Voucher-holding blacks must now ask themselves how much longer the checks will come...
White homeowners, who can recall a day when white kids on bikes rode down the same Canfield Drive that 18-year-old Michael Brown casually walked down the middle of on August 9, 2014, understand the individual lives they've led in Ferguson collectively are now defined by the perceived racism of the Ferguson Police Department; manifested by a Department of Justice report canonized as the word of God by a media intent on lynching somewhere after the Darren Wilson fiasco.
Civilization once flourished in Ferguson, when the city wasn't an experiment in how fast Section 8 Voucher-holding blacks can upset the delicate social capital planted and cultivated in the city over decades; now, the unrest of the past seven months ensures U-Haul truck renting facilities in North St. Louis will be busy, with white homeowners unloading their houses before the equity is evaporates completely.
There was a war waged in Ferguson, and few people dare comprehend the terribleness of the totality of the victory for those with stock in Black-Run America (BRA).
This is why it was so important for a unified effort on the part of those in power in Ferguson to push back against the Department of Justice report, for as Ferguson, so goes the nation.
But in the face of opposition, the only way to offer resistance is to stand resolute and use truth as an offensive weapon instead of remaining constantly on the defense. But the days of Ferguson being a "tranquil" are over, and the future of the city is in the hands of people like Michael Brown and those who gleefully looted and burned down stores in his memory:
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III told the Post-Dispatch on Friday that the report revealed details that raise concern; however, he wasn’t sure if the behavior is as prevalent as it has been made to sound. The Justice Department report stated there was probable cause to believe the police and court routinely violate people’s civil rights. “That’s not proof,” he said, adding that “there is probably another side to all of these stories.”
Police Chief Thomas Jackson has not commented on the DOJ report and has said that he has no plans to resign.
Knowles wasn’t present at Sunday’s news conference, where people like Mary Robinson, a longtime resident of Ferguson, asked for him and other administrators to move on. She said her African-American son was often harassed by police. She scorned the north St. Louis County suburb for “making money off of the backs of the less fortunate.”
“We need new leadership here in Ferguson that can inspire the hearts and minds of our diverse community, not just the chosen few,” she said. “Our young persons should be the first priority because they are the future in Ferguson.”
The Rev. Gerald Kleba, a Roman Catholic priest, said that the newly remodeled police department headquarters and jail, the red brick building behind the group, was tainted because it was partially paid for with overly aggressive ticketing and fines.
“The building is worthless and a sham and a shell unless an equal amount of time, energy and money is spent to bring a new culture and new police department to Ferguson, where officers truly serve and protect all the people,” Kleba said.
“Otherwise the protesters who chanted ‘Burn it all down’ might just still do that.
“I say this with fear, but conscientious people have to be concerned and cannot be surprised if there are outbreaks of violence in response to the daily violence of a culture of injustice that leads to a new Jim Crow, prisons overcrowded with young people of color.”We are witnessing the birth of a revolution.