Is it right for the DOJ to give a private update to a small group of selected citizens and not to the entire community, and then refuse to address the controversy that this private meeting caused?
It’s hard to imagine the City misleading its residents, or what it would gain by doing so – if it was the Ferguson attorney recommending against release, residents would have accepted the answer. Maybe it was just an innocent mistake on the part of the DOJ, the result of an internal communications breakdown causing two different divisions of the DOJ to provide contradictory statements.
Why does it matter what the DOJ said? The City is trying to rebuild trust with all parts of Ferguson. If the DOJ is talking out of both sides of its mouth then it is making the City of Ferguson look like a liar – the DOJ is undermining residents’ trust in their elected officials. Again, the cause could be innocent miscommunications within the DOJ, but its things like that that make some Ferguson residents believe the Department of Justice is purposely trying to engineer the bankrupting and de-incorporation of our city.
Whatever the cause of the miscommunication, ALL residents of Ferguson want to know exactly what the DOJ told the City of Ferguson: did the DOJ encourage the City to not publicly disclose the DOJ’s settlement request? Ferguson and the United States deserve transparency.
Help Ferguson Get the Truth Out
Beginning with Eric Holder announcing the Department of Justice’s “searing” report, the DOJ has selectively collected and presented information to paint Ferguson as racist and abusive. Ferguson Truth was formed to push for transparency and truth from the Department of Justice, to counteract this distorted narrative that the DOJ created.