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How politicians have responded to Ferguson crisis

How politicians have responded to Ferguson crisis


ST. LOUIS • The fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a Ferguson police officer brought unrest to suburban St. Louis County and prompted differing responses from Missouri politicians.  

State Sen. Maria Chappelle Nadal, whose district encompasses north St. Louis County, appeared in Ferguson and said Governor Jay Nixon "never shows up for the black community."

Nixon appeared at a church in north St. Louis County on Tuesday night — three days after the shooting of Michael Brown and two days after the incident erupted in a riot. 

"Like them and all of you I've done a lot of praying the last few days," Nixon said. "We stand together tonight reeling from what feels like an old wound that has been torn open afresh, a would that hadn't quite healed right in the first place, and now the pain is just as searing as when the injury first occurred."

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay also appeared at the event. He has tweeted about the situation and put out statements. 

Slay said on Tuesday: "Like so many others, I want justice to be served. Like Michael Brown's mother and father, I do not believe that violence or criminal behavior will help them get justice for their son. The vast majority of people who want justice for Michael Brown are expressing themselves peacefully. A small number are not. So, our police will be doing their job keeping our citizens safe, protecting property, and arresting criminals."

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, fresh off from defeat in the Democratic primary, has been in Ferguson coordinating with police.  

Republican Rick Stream and Democrat Steve Stenger, who are facing each other on the November ballot to replace Dooley, both after attended events in the Ferguson area aimed at quelling the unrest. 

St. Louis city politicians have also become active in the ongoing events. Ward 21 Alderman Antonio French has been in Ferguson since the event happened, and has been documenting the situation on social media. 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed has also been in the area speaking to protesters. (Nicholas J.C. Pistor)


St. Louis aldermen have until the end of the month to consider putting a nearly $200 million bond issue on the November ballot. The bond issue would come in the form of a city-wide property tax increase. 


• The New York Times editorial board weighs in on the Michael Brown death

• St. Louis police have released a video of the looting of a south St. Louis shoe store, which they are investigating to see if it is related to unfolding events in Ferguson.

—This report was compiled by Post-Dispatch reporter Nicholas Pistor.

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Nicholas J.C. Pistor is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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