FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The deadline for members of the Ferguson community to apply to be part of a special task force has been extended. The task force will be responsible for figuring out what a Citizen Review Board should do in the community.
Only 33 out of the 21,200 people who live in Ferguson had applied to be part of the task force by the original Tuesday night deadline. Due to the low amount of applications, the deadline to apply has been extended to 5:00 p.m. Friday.
Since the deadline was extended, another 14 people have applied to be part of the task force.
According to the application, the “task force will explore the role such boards play in different communities, and begin to gauge what our stakeholders want from such a board and what should it look like to fit our City and our needs.”
Mayor James Knowles III discussed the task force with News 4 over the phone Tuesday morning. He said the board cannot be instituted until there is an agreement on what the board will do. Then legislation will need to be passed to activate the citizens group.
There are currently about 100 Citizen Review Boards across the country. Although Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia, Missouri, all have these accountability boards, Ferguson will be the first to have one in the St. Louis area.
Click here to apply to be a member of the task force.