Ferguson Commission to meet for second time in South St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Emotions could be running high when the Ferguson Commission appointed by Governor Nixon meets for a second time Monday evening. The meeting is slated to focus on the relations between citizens and law enforcement. It will be held at the Mullanphy-Botanical Garden Investigative Learning Center on Shaw avenue.

Frustrated and upset citizens voiced many concerns when the commission met for the first time a week ago at the Ferguson Community Center.  A meet and greet with the commission members starts at 5pm. Then at 5:45pm public comments will be heard. Finally, there will be community roundtable discussions from 7:30-8:15pm.  The meeting is slated to wrap up at 8:30pm.

The meeting is being held in the same general area of South City where many businesses were broken into and looting happened in the hours following the grand jury`s decision not to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. Windows were broken at 21 businesses on South Grand and at six other businesses throughout the city. Protesters also shut down I-44 at Grand for a time.  21 people were arrested.

Dan Isom, who is one of the 16 commission members, and also the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, will make a presentation on current policing practices in St. Louis City and County. A report on the United Nations presentation on policing will also be shared with the commission. The commission will meet again next week.