Ferguson Mayor to Establish Civilian Review Board to Monitor Police in Wake of Michael Brown Shooting

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Ferguson Mayor James W. Knowles III speaks at a press conference at the Ferguson Community Center in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 25, 2014. (Credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The mayor of Ferguson, Mo., announced Sunday that the city would establish a civilian review board to monitor police conduct and would actively recruit more African-American officers.

But Mayor James Knowles III said there would be no imminent changes in the leadership of the police department in the wake of unrest after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man.

Knowles spoke at a news conference a day after Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, resigned from the police force. Wilson did not receive severance pay, Knowles said.

Adding a civilian review board and better recruiting more African Americans will help improve the predominantly white police department’s relationship with Ferguson’s predominantly African American residents, the mayor said.

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