Six cities will participate in a federal pilot program aimed at reducing racial prejudice and improve links between the authorities and the community, said Thursday Attorney General Eric Holder.
Selected cities are Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The announcement of the selection six months ago after Holder had issued the National Initiative to Build Confidence and Justice in the Community after police shootout in August in Ferguson, Missouri.
As part of the project of 4.75 million, the researchers studied data and conduct interviews to develop plans to reduce racial prejudice and strategies for building trust between citizens and authorities.
Separately, the Justice Department said it will offer additional training and help communities that are not part of the project, which is part of the initiative of the Obama “My Brother’s Keeper” administration aimed at minority men.
Weeks after the shooting death of Michael Brown protests exposed worn relationships between the community and police authorities, and stressed the need for a national initiative, said Holder.
“What I saw in Ferguson confirmed that the need for such effort was evident,” Holder said in September when he announced the project.
The department last week acquitted the officer Darren Wilson on charges of civil rights violations in the shooting, but issued a blunt report which detailed a series of discriminatory police practices in Ferguson and criminal justice system focused on generating revenue.
Since the publication of that report, Holder said he has seen signs of progress and a community willing to create change. The police chief and city manager, for example, resigned in the last week.