The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri has accepted the joint recommendation of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the City of Ferguson (“City”) for Natashia Tidwell to join the Independent Monitoring team tasked with overseeing the implementation of a court-approved Consent Decree. The Consent Decree, the result of a DOJ-led investigation of unconstitutional and discriminatory practices by the City’s police department and its municipal court, requires both entities to institute a series of reforms to address DOJ’s findings. Under the agreement, the Monitoring Team will oversee the implementation of policies and procedures designed to bring about constitutional and effective policing, promote officer and public safety, ensure fundamental fairness and equal treatment regardless of race in the municipal court and foster greater trust between the police and the community.
As a Subject Matter Expert, Natashia will assist in assessing the City’s progress in achieving compliance with the Consent Decree’s terms in several key areas. Natashia’s selection to the Ferguson Monitoring Team comes on the heels of her addition to a team of former police chiefs, attorneys, and academics tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Consent Decree in Newark, New Jersey following a DOJ investigation into unconstitutional policing practices by the Newark Police Department. She brings a depth of experience and rich background in Police Practices, Internal Investigations, and Compliance to both roles. “I am honored to have been selected to participate in these extremely important projects and sincerely hope that our work will have lasting and positive impact on both the Ferguson and Newark communities.”