Ferguson council meeting reflects continued racial tensions

With protestors and law enforcement in full force on the streets of Ferguson, some are merchants have taken security of their businesses into their own hands. | Courtesy of Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Commons
The Ferguson City Council has met twice since unrest gripped the suburban St. Louis community. | Courtesy of Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Commons

The second Ferguson City Council meeting since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown started with a series of court reforms and ended with a conversation that further exposed the divisions within the community. The council, meeting at a Baptist church, passed a legislative package aimed at reducing court revenue from fines and reforming a system that has been criticized nationally for victimizing the poor.

But longtime residents expressed their worries about the effect of the protests on the city’s business and community as a whole. And after midnight in Ferguson, windows were smashed at one shop and a fire was believed set at another business. At least three people were arrested early this morning as police moved in to break up protesters.

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