Christine Byers and Stephen Deere, THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
FERGUSON, Mo. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) — In the days following a Department of Justice report accusing Ferguson’s police and municipal court of widespread abuses, the city made a series of conciliatory moves. Three employees involved in racist emails were forced out. The city manager stepped down. So did the police chief and municipal judge.
Less than a month later, on March 27, a City Council that’s been grappling with declining revenues voted unanimously in a closed meeting to hire one of the nation’s most distinguished and highest-paid trial lawyers to navigate what could be a prolonged and expensive reform process.
His name is Dan K. Webb.
The city of Ferguson is paying him $1,335 an hour.