Missouri AG holding second urban policing forum
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says an upcoming forum will provide a second opportunity to gather people’s thoughts about challenges facing urban police forces.
Koster is billing Tuesday’s event in Kansas City as a “round-table discussion” on solutions to low minority participation in city law enforcement agencies.
He held a similar event earlier this month in St. Louis.
The racial composition of police forces has come under scrutiny following the Aug. 9 shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The police force there has three black members among its 53 officers, though two-thirds of the town’s residents are black.
At the St. Louis event, some people said black residents often have strained relationships with police from a young age.