The Ferguson Commission is set to release a report Monday, detailing a range of recommended policy changes to municipal St. Louis County law.
"Forward through Ferguson: A Path toward Racial Equity" includes 47 top priorities intended to address the structural racial inequalities found between the county's black and white residents. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch emphasizes that none of the report's various calls-to-action are guaranteed to become law—this, like the Department of Justice's reports before it, is only step one.
These priorities, per The AP and The New York Times, include increasing the minimum wage and creating a publicly accessible database on police shootings in Missouri. The report also recommends combining the St. Louis metropolitan area's scattered 60 police forces and 81 municipal courts—a system that, in its current form, has been described as "racial profiling for profit."
The Times also notes some startling disparities laid out in the report, like the fact that the average life expectancy in the white suburb of Wildwood is more than three decades greater than in the black suburb of Kinloch.
The 16-person Ferguson Commission launched its investigation in November 2014 following the nationwide civil unrest that resulted from death of black, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The formation was announced just before a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson in Brown's death.
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