First Meeting of the Ferguson Commission Marked by Outbursts

Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Rev. Starsky Wilson makes his opening remarks as Co-Chair Rich McClure and other commissioners listen during the commission's first meeting in Ferguson, Missouri on December 1, 2014.The Ferguson Commission, made up of 16 people selected by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, has been tasked to come up with solutions to the problems in the small St. Louis suburb, where rioting, lootings and arson fires have occured following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August. Similar acts of violence occured after a grand jury found there was not enough evidence to brinbg Wilson to trial on November 24, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt (Photo: BILL GREENBLATT, UPI)
Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Rev. Starsky Wilson makes his opening remarks as Co-Chair Rich McClure and other commissioners listen during the commission’s first meeting in Ferguson, Missouri on December 1, 2014.The Ferguson Commission, made up of 16 people selected by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, has been tasked to come up with solutions to the problems in the small St. Louis suburb, where rioting, lootings and arson fires have occured following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August. Similar acts of violence occured after a grand jury found there was not enough evidence to brinbg Wilson to trial on November 24, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
(Photo: BILL GREENBLATT, UPI)

The first meeting of the Ferguson Commission was marred by outbursts from angry residents Monday.

They came to speak their minds and got fed up with the hours-long process.

Too much talk, not enough action — that was the outcry from people in the community who came out to this first commission meeting at the Ferguson Community Center.

They had been there for hours. The meeting started at noon. One man, a teacher, said he arrived at 10:30 a.m. because he wanted to make sure he could speak.

Around 3:45, after introductions and procedural issues, the community members had enough. One woman stood up saying she wanted to speak.

Soon many in the crowded room were yelling at the commission members.

Anthony Levine, a Ferguson property owner, said, “I spent $5,000 out of my own pocket to help the Ferguson community, giving them kids food, school supplies, Halloween costumes. I don’t see y’all doing anything.”

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Source: USA Today | Mike Rush, KSDK-TV, St. Louis

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