On August 9, 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri exploded into demonstrations and riots after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. In an effort to rebuild trust between a nearly all-white City Council and Administration and their outraged black community, the STL leaders called on Diversity and Community Engagement expert Devin James and his firm DJG to assist them with community outreach to identify ways they could become more culturally competent and sensitive during one of the most recent, chilling events in our country's long struggle with racism. Checkout our founder’s memoir at http://insideferguson.com/
Our firm led the following initiatives:
- Organized a series of town hall meetings aimed at addressing the racial issues and lack of diversity alongside the U.S. Department of Justice community relations division.
- Developed the proposal to dismantle a warrant system that trapped poor African American residents in a cycle of exorbitant fines and fees.
- Established a relationship with the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement for the creation of a customized Civilian Review Board to serve as a police department watchdog.
- Negotiated peaceful protest acting as the liaison between protest groups and the police department/city officials.