Prior to the city of Ferguson’s public fairness hearing on their consent decree with the Department of Justice, OpenTheGovernment.org Executive Director Patrice McDermott submitted comments on the need for more robust transparency provisions in the agreement.
During the fairness hearing, which took place April 19th, the city of Ferguson received comments and concerns about the agreement from the public. In her comments, McDermott addressed important transparency-related concerns, including insufficient provisions in the agreement to ensure that data and reports will be made public, as well as provisions that exempt the Independent Monitor of the agreement from public records laws.
Read the full comments here.
For more information:
“Ferguson’s short window for enforceable police and city transparency” – Patrice McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Public to weigh in Tuesday at fairness hearing on Ferguson consent decree” – Stephen Deere, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“LDF’s Statement on the Approval of the Ferguson Consent Decree” – NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
“Consent decrees open police data, but for a limited time only” – Becca James, Sunlight Foundation
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