Attorney General Koster to host Roundtable on Representative Policing Wednesday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will host a roundtable to get more minorities on local police forces.

The meeting will take place at the University of Missouri- St. Louis Wednesday morning. It is set to run from 9a.m. until noon inside of the JC Penney Conference Center.

Many politicians, prominent law officers and other community leaders are slated to attend.

Minority representation in urban police departments is one issue that has come out of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson.

While Ferguson`s population is 67 percent black according to census data, the police department there is overwhelmingly white. In fact, only three of the department`s 53 officers are black.

That has been a source of tension as the Brown case has unfolded and has caught the eye of many including Attorney General Koster.

Some police chiefs have said it is challenging to find minorities to fill police officer jobs. Those taking part in the roundtable include St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

Two state senators will also attend as well NAACP leaders.

This is the first of two attorney general roundtables on this issue.

The second will take place in two weeks in Kansas City.

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