EAST ST. LOUIS, IL. ( KPLR)- Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, hosted a news conference at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center, in East St. Louis, Illinois Wednesday to discuss civil unrest. The conference involve a broad coalition of elected officials, chiefs of police, clergy members, and community leaders from several communities throughout the Metro-East, who discussed their ongoing efforts in addressing racial harmony and to express their common desire for unity and peace in light of the civil unrest occurring in various communities throughout our area and our nation.
The Ferguson unrest has gained worldwide attention." We felt it was necessary to inform the public about actions in the Metro East area to bring our communities together to listen to one another," said Wigginton.
The group expressed their common desire for unity and peace in light of the unrest occurring in various communities throughout the nation. " It's a wake up call for everyone. We need do things proactively and understanding there have been issues not just in Ferguson but others at the boiling point as well, said East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks. 'I think the principles we are talking about today are things that law enforcement and citizens and public officials do everyday and that's respect and protect, said State's Attorney Brendan Kelly - St. Clair County . "Peace is very important not only in the critical moment we are dealing with now with the Mike Brown verdict, but this verdict also transcend throughout America, "said Pastor John L. Curry - Conquerors Christian Center.
The coalition will continue their ongoing efforts in addressing racial harmony.