Metro East coalition responds to civil unrest across the nation

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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.