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Senator Chappelle-Nadal, protesters take their voices to Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) - Democratic State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal along with 60 others, traveled to Jefferson City as lawmakers met for the annual veto session Wednesday.

Their goal was to share their stories and experiences during the crisis in Ferguson.

Chappelle-Nadal, whose district includes Ferguson, organized the trip.

The senator gave a 45 minute speech on the Senate Floor about the State of Emergency racial profiling has created for her constituents following the shooting death Michael Brown.

Brown, 18, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th.

During her speech, the senator criticized Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, referring to his actions as “cowardly.” Chappelle-Nadal says the governor did not do enough as the violence, rioting and looting occurred.

“You are a coward to let the state of emergency for black people to on for so long. You've been in office for decades and you've done nothing for black people, nothing," Chapelle-Nadal said about the governor.

The governor hasn't objected to those accusations.

The senator vowed to work to change state laws that will eliminate racial profiling.

She also promised that citizens in North County will become active voters.

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