Ferguson voters to decide if Knowles gets third term
FERGUSON (AP) — The person who has been the public face of Ferguson, Missouri, since the St. Louis suburb was thrust into the spotlight following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown faces a challenge in his bid for re-election.
Two-term Mayor James Knowles III is opposed by Councilwoman Ella Jones in Tuesday's election. Jones would be Ferguson's first black mayor.
Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. The shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by the white officer led to months of sometimes violent protests. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing. He resigned in November 2014.
The investigation led to a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit over racially biased police and court practices. A settlement calls for significant changes.
Ferguson voters also will decide on strict new rules for police body cameras.