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.