April 23, 2015
As we look at the sustainability of cities the cost of lawsuits due to police cases may have large impact on heavily challenged budgets. The cost of these continuing and emerging cases go beyond budgets but effect civilian and law enforcement engagement in the short-and-long-term.
“The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed man whom a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed last August, are filing a civil lawsuit against the city. It’s not yet known whether the lawsuit will include Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, 18,” reported by NPR News in “Michael Brown’s Family Will Sue Ferguson Over Police Shooting Death.”
“The lawsuit will be filed at the St. Louis County Courthouse this morning, the family says. We’ll follow the accompanying news conference for any updates. From St. Louis Public Radio.”
The long-term effect of the violent cases against citizens without consideration for civil good will impact the health and safety of cities as they struggle to become sustainable. The division between people and state has a cost that is not understood in the short-term but paid in the future.