Quality Policing Initiative
In the wake of Mike Brown’s murder, we have seen a number of young collectives and individuals emerge: Millennial Activists, Lost/Found Voices, Black Souljahs, Freedom Fighters, etc. And though these groups have been open to hearing and at times working with established organizations, they have also expressed an interest in maintaining their autonomy.
On the last aldermanic session of 2014-2015, the Board of Aldermen voted 17-8-2 to pass BB 208 Civilian Oversight Board Bill. This city ordinance establishes a 7 member board composed of civilians that will have the authority to oversee internal affairs investigations of civilian complaints. The board would also be able to do its own investigations if it believes the Internal Affairs Division falls short, and it can make recommend changes to the police department's policies.
Fifteen young activists successfully complete OBS's first round of the Next Revolution Fellowship Program, and gain invaluable skills for movement building.
Activists Petition Circuit Court to Investigate and Remove Prosecuting Attorney in Darren Wilson Grand Jury
ST. LOUIS, MO — Following damning revelations from the grand jury investigation of former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, a group of St. Louisans are asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor that could oust Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch from office. Activists contend that McCulloch acted in bad faith during the proceedings and never intended to prosecute Darren Wilson.
Members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus met with activists from the Organization for Black Struggle on Friday, January 9 at Greater St. Marks Family Church in Ferguson. They discussed legislative strategy for the upcoming session and ways to incorporate the organization’s Quality Policing Initiative into legislation at the state, county and local levels.
On January 15, 2015, we filed a case designed both to obtain some semblance of justice and to send a warning shot to other prosecutors—one meant to convey that there are consequences when a prosecutor treats police officers as if they are above the law.
The Department of Justice will soon release a report which will lift the veil of the Ferguson Police Department’s legacy of racially biased policing. To truly change the way Ferguson police and officials interact with communities of color, we must raise the standards of ethics, accountability and transparency for those who wear police badges. No one is above the law, not even a recalcitrant and racially-biased police department who not only terrorized African Americans, but blatantly balanced its budget on the backs of a vulnerable community who had little recourse to protect themselves
The killings of Mike Brown, Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers and others are not the result of abnormal incidents resulting in accidents, nor do these killings reflect “one bad apple” police officer. It is a manifestation of a system of policing that is unaccountable, out of control and acts from its worst impulses of racism and aggression.
In the 100-plus days since Mike Brown was gunned down by Darren Wilson, we have seen incredible incompetence and intractable racist behavior by the white power structure in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Every week since August 9 there have been acts of defiance and missed opportunities to show real leadership because of institutional racism.