Editorial: Ferguson City Council needs transparency first, changes second

In confusing public relations with public governance, the Ferguson City Council took one step forward and two steps back this week. On Monday, in advance of a Tuesday night City Council meeting, the public relations firm hired by the city announced that the City Council was “implementing several changes and new programs in response to community concerns.”

The changes appear to be good first steps to helping the city learn from the unrest that has gripped the region for the past month, following night after night of protests after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Canfield Drive.

The City Council will implement a civilian review board for its police department, the public relations firm said. It will reduce court fines and reform a municipal court system that issues more warrants per capita than any city in Missouri. Continue>>>