Listen: NPR's Michel Martin Moderates 'Beyond Ferguson' Forum

via St. Louis Public Radio: A forum Thursday evening peering into Ferguson’s longstanding tensions as well as the St. Louis region’s racial divisions became angry and heated, with most of a crowd’s ire directed at the town’s mayor.

Audience members expressed searing criticism of Ferguson’s governance and leadership, both of which have come under fire since one of the Ferguson's police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

NPR's Michel Martin moderates "Ferguson and Beyond: A Community Conversation" on August 28 at Wellspring Church in Ferguson.

The forum was held at Wellspring Church in Ferguson and drew a standing room-only crowd of more than 200. It was sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio and moderated by NPR’s Michel Martin. Panelists included Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III, former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, former state Sen. Rita Days, D-Bel Nor, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis CEO Kimberly McKinney and Wellspring Church Pastor Willis Johnson.

Many people in the sweltering church were fiercely upset with how Ferguson officials handled the shooting death of Brown. Some expressed anger about the incident itself. Others questioned the city’s policies on ticketing people. And many were upset that Brown’s body was in the street for several hours.

Photo Credit: Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio


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