Missouri governor announces commission to address Ferguson unrest

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 2:10 PM

(Reuters) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday he was setting up a special commission to examine the social and economic conditions in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that have fed racial unrest following the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August.

The announcement comes a day after a Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed was arrested amid a protest outside the Ferguson police department and after other protesters staged a demonstration against police brutality outside the St. Louis County prosecutor's office.

The St. Louis area has had demonstrations almost daily since the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson.

A grand jury has been hearing evidence and considering charges against Wilson, who has not spoken publicly about the matter. Protesters want Wilson arrested immediately and have called for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

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(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo.; Editing by Bill Trott)