Told y’all this would be the case way back then when everybody was cheering identity politics, the new black police chief and Ferguson’s historic black city council and was called a movement critic, hater and worse. All they did was change the complexion of those in power, but they served the same purpose as those they were elected to replace. As soon as Wesley Bell was elected to the city council one of his first acts was to stall, deflect and sabotage the consent decree process. The city council voted against the community’s efforts to shut down Ferguson Market after video surfaced showing Mike Brown exchanging weed for cigarillos, despite hundreds of calls to law enforcement about illegal activity on the store property. This is a huge L for this movement, but this is what happens when people who are unqualified insert themselves into leadership positions while alienating those who are more qualified, have been doing this type of work and possess the necessary skills to meet the task at hand. The opposition loves to see them coming. This is not a diss and this isn’t meant to take away from anybody’s efforts, its to show the consequence. This is it. We can either learn from it or keep making the same mistakes.
Ferguson ‘largely stagnant’
Two areas that were part of its agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice have “remained largely stagnant,” according to consent decree monitor Natashia Tidwell: police training and community-police engagement.