Ferguson's First Black Police Chief to Be Sworn in Monday

Ferguson's First Black Police Chief to Be Sworn in Monday

A change has come to Ferguson, Missouri, that many hope will lead to the healing of the city.

Following the 2014 shooting death of Mike Brown by a White police office - which a grand jury declined to indict - the Justice Department opened an investigation that uncovered multiple instances of racial bias in Ferguson's criminal justice system. The lack of black police officers became a point of contention for protesters, who say the force is unrepresentative of the community, which is two-thirds black.

Moss also said another of his goals in Ferguson is to increase positive interaction between residents and the police force.

Ferguson, Mo., swore in its first African-American police chief Monday, and although the new chief had been ready for retirement, after seeing the unrest caused in the wake of Michael Brown's death, he said he felt a calling to take this job and help restore order.

"I think this is a job based on my previous career that I've been training my entire life for", he told CNN.

On Tuesday as Moss finished introducing himself to the city, he addressed all the officers in the room, arguing that what transpired in Ferguson speaks to how negative attitudes about law enforcement are becoming more prevalent - especially in cities that have experienced unrest, such as Baltimore, Chicago and Miami.

Moss's first day comes on the heels of a federal judge's approval last month of an agreement between the city and the US Department of Justice over police reform in Ferguson.

"I've been on the receiving end of police officers hurling racial slurs at you".

Brown's shooting by white police Officer Darren Wilson brought national attention to Ferguson's racial wounds.

Moss will be the city's second black chief of police, after Interim Chief Andre Anderson resigned in December.

The Department of Justice sued the city over the "deprivation of black residents of their constitutional rights", but the matter was eventually settled out of court in March.

As a young officer in Miami, Moss earned the nickname "Ten Speed", said Lt. Nicole Davis, "because if you ran from him, he was going to catch you".

Moss said Monday the task before the department was to bring "nobility" back to police work. He also was president of the Miami Police Athletic League and a member of the NAACP. At the same time, a big aspect of the job in Ferguson is building community relations, which clearly is his forte.

Moss, whose hiring was announced last month, was one of the more than 15 applicants for the city's police chief position.



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