Ferguson Judge Out, State Takes Over, After Scathing DOJ Report


The Missouri Supreme Court is taking the “extraordinary action” of reassigning all Ferguson municipal court cases to the state circuit court “to help restore public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court division,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Ferguson Judge Ronald Brockmeyer resigned yesterday. The actions followed the release of a scathing Justice Department report on Ferguson's police and court practices. “I don't believe the report was correct,” Brockmeyer said. “But it's not worth fighting.”

A group of residents waiting outside a closed meeting of the Ferguson City Council cheered the news. Asked whether City Administrator John Shaw and Police Chief Thomas Jackson might be ousted, Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small said: “Given the gravity of the (Justice Department) report, it's safe to say everything is on the table.” Brockmeyer said the main reason he resigned is that he and his family had received death threats in the last several days. “That's one of the most important reasons — it's not worth jeopardizing my family,” he said. An associate of Brockmeyer said the judge “recognizes that deference to a municipal judge's judgments and court rulings depends upon public confidence” and media reports, “regardless of their accuracy or validity have diminished the public's confidence in the Ferguson municipal court.”

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