Ferguson panel challenges St. Louis to "face its reality"

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 02 2015 Mar 2, 2015 Monday, March 02, 2015 9:05:00 PM CST March 02, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The 16-member Ferguson Commission has determined that the St. Louis region "must face its reality in order to thrive" following widespread community unrest in response to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

The commission outlined its preliminary findings Monday night at the Missouri History Museum, 100 days after Gov. Jay Nixon tasked the group with analyzing the underlying social and economic conditions that contributed to protests and violence in Ferguson and throughout the St. Louis area after the August 9 shooting death of Brown, who was black and unarmed, by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

A more detailed report with specific recommendations is due to Nixon by September.

Meeting participants included Dan Isom, appointed by Nixon as Missouri's public safety director after Ferguson only to later resign.

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