ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - President Barack Obama called Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Friday night to discuss the ongoing situation in Ferguson. Governor Nixon explained how the state has been working with leaders in Ferguson and the President promised federal assistance as needed. Earlier in the day the President received a Justice Department briefing on the situation.
Regional concerns about possible violence in the streets once the St. Louis County Grand Jury releases its decision in the Michael Brown shooting case have prompted efforts by a variety of groups to de-escalate potential violence. Training sessions for clergy and protestors have been held.
About 100 people attended a session in South St. Louis City Friday night focusing on legal observing, cop watching, safety tips and medic training. More sessions will be held beginning at noon Saturday at Greater St. Marks Family Church in Ferguson.
Members of the Metropolitan Clergy United group are organizing churches where peaceful protests can take place along with prayer. The group will hold a prayer service at 7pm the day the Grand Jury releases its decision. That will be held at the Westside Missionary Baptist Church, 2677 Dunn Road in Florissant.
MCU is a group of more than 50 interfaith leaders. They are promising to be on the streets wearing orange gear and to work to de-escalate any violence. In a statement issued Friday pastors said,"We believe that nothing short of a movement for human freedom is being rebirthed in our community." They added their vision is a "moral mandate" to the region to "dismantle practices of profiling, predatory and provoking policing, and structures of systemic racism."
For more information visit the group's web site at www.mcustl.org