Ferguson judge resigns after being named in DOJ report

Ronald Brockmeyer

For the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, appearing in front of municipal court Judge Ronald Brockmeyer was often a life-changing event. A simple violation oftentimes resulted in unnecessary and excessive fines, a main generator of city revenue. According to a recent U.S. Department of Justice report on Ferguson, Brockmeyer was “successful in significantly increasing court collections over the years” in a court and legal system that had a “broad pattern of racially biased law enforcement.”

On Monday Brockmeyer announced his resignation from the Ferguson Municipal Court because of the DOJ findings. The report also listed what the judge did regarding the increase in revenue and court operations. These actions included approving the creation of additional fees that were considered abusive and perhaps unlawful, according to the DOJ. The most egregious of these were the “failure to appear fine” which has since been repealed by the city of Ferguson.

In the wake of Brockmeyer’s resignation, the Supreme Court of Missouri has sent Judge Roy Richter of the Missouri Court of Appeals to the St. Louis County circuit court to hear all pending and future municipal court cases in Ferguson.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Join our Newsletter

Sign up for Rolling Out news straight to your inbox.

Read more about:

Also read

Watch this video

What's new

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter

Get notified about new articles