Ferguson Judge Cited In DOJ Report Resigns

Judge Ronald Brockmeyer (Photo: KSDK)
Judge Ronald Brockmeyer
(Photo: KSDK)

A municipal judge criticized in a Justice Department investigation of Ferguson, Mo.’ s troubled police department and court system resigned on Monday, KSDK reported.

Ferguson, Mo. Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer resigned from his position with the city Monday, according to various reports.

Brockmeyer presided in Ferguson for more than a decade and is mentioned in the Justice Department’s report about the city that criticized the court’s use of sometimes excessive and unnecessary fees.

That Justice Department review also found that Missouri’s troubled Ferguson Police Department engaged in a broad pattern of racially biased enforcement that permeated the city’s justice system, including the use of unreasonable force against African American suspects. The report also criticized the city’s municipal court system and included boasts by Brockmeyer about increasing the court fees.

Citing a report by the finance director to city council, the Justice Department pointed out that Judge Brockmeyer had been “successful in significantly increasing court collections over the years.”

The report also includes a list of what the judge did to help in the areas of court efficiency and revenue. That list, drafted by Brockmeyer, approvingly highlighted the creation of additional fees, many of which are widely considered abusive and may be unlawful, according to the Justice Department. The city of Ferguson repealed some of the fees, including a “failure to appear fine,” during the Justice Department’s investigation.

The Justice Department’s scathing denouncement of racially biased policing operations in Ferguson, came six months after Michael Brown, 18, was shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, setting off demonstrations that spread across the country.

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SOURCE: USA Today – Yamiche Alcindor

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