Ferguson town hall meetings not open to media, non-residents

4 years 3 weeks 3 days ago Monday, September 22 2014 Sep 22, 2014 Monday, September 22, 2014 10:45:00 AM CDT September 22, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) - The city of Ferguson is hosting a five-week series of town hall meetings, but not everyone is welcome, including the media.

The meetings, announced last week, will address concerns raised after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The city said the meetings will update residents on changes the city council wants the community to consider.

The Justice Department has gotten involved and a spokesman for the city said the meetings will be closed to the media and nearly anyone else who is not a resident of the St. Louis suburb.

Ferguson spokesman Devin James told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the Justice Department's Community Relations Service feels having media present could alter the conversations.

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