Former felon explains PR position with Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The man who has been coordinating media requests for the city of Ferguson says he hopes to land a new contract with the city.  Devin James is currently working for the city for free.  His contract with the St. Louis Economic Partnership was terminated after reports surfaced about his reckless homicide conviction.

"We are basically considered free agents," said James.  "So we're negotiating a new contract with the city of Ferguson directly."

James says Ferguson leaders knew about his background and thought it could help bring a fresh perspective to city leaders accused of ignoring African American concerns.

"I know how it feels to be a black man and to be pulled over by a police officer and feel threatened.  I know what it's like to go to a courtroom and not know what's going to happen when you get done.  So I think at the strategic level when we are putting together legislations or ordinances that are going to impact predominately an African American community that feels mistreated, I think that I can add some insight," said James.

He did not have a timetable for when he expected the city to make a decision.​

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