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It is impossible to disentangle institutional racism in America—past and present—from the simultaneous development of the nation’s criminal legal system.”

-Elizabeth Hinton and DeAnza Cook 
“The Mass Criminalization of Black Americans: A Historical Overview”



Karishma Furtado, PhD, MPH
Former FTF Senior Director of Research and Data
Tiffany Green, MBA
Former FTF Data & Research Fellow
Autumn Shepherd
Former FTF Data & Research Fellow
Lucy Chin
Former FTF Justice For All Fellow

 #Transforming911 is a community accountability and advocacy tool that uses data and research as well as storytelling to examine St. Louis’ 911 system.
We investigated the fundamental question of why St. Louisans call 911 and how that compares to the services police are actually able to provide.

Similar analyses from other cities suggest that most calls to 911 are not for crimes in progress. But, in nearly 100% of those instances, an armed police officer is the system response. It’s a volatile situation that all too often ends in tragedy, trauma, and reinforced mistrust of our public safety system.

What do St. Louisans want and need from our 911 system? From our public safety system? Despite the thousands of calls to 911 made each year in St. Louis City and County, until now, the public hasn’t had answers to these basic questions:

– Who calls 911 and for what?

– What portion of those calls are due to suspected crimes?

– How about for violent crimes?

What kind of emergency response system best and most equitably meets the public safety needs of our community?

The answers to these questions brought us to evidence-based recommendations for reimagining public safety. We hope you’ll explore our original data and research, and join us in #Transforming911.


Project Management & Editing

Jia Lian Yang
FTF Director of Storytelling & Communications
Dwight's photo
David Dwight IV
Former FTF Executive Director & Lead Strategy Catalyst

Branding, Graphic Design, Illustration
+ Web Design & Development,



    Forward Through Ferguson is an anti-racist systems change organization and a catalyst for lasting positive change in the St. Louis region as outlined in the Ferguson Commission Report. Embracing the Commission’s mandate, FTF centers impacted communities and mobilizes accountable bodies to advance racially equitable systems and policies that ensure all people in the St. Louis region can thrive.