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Black Missouri lawmakers meet with Ferguson protesters

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Two days after leading a demonstration at the Missouri Capitol on the first day of the 2015 legislative session, some Ferguson police shooting protest organizers met with a group of black lawmakers Friday to plan strategy for a host of proposed changes to police practices after Michael Brown’s death.

The Organization for Black Struggle had invited the 20 members of Missouri’s Legislative Black Caucus to a Ferguson church to discuss their proposed “Quality Policing Initiative” and other legislative remedies sought after the fatal shooting of Brown five months ago by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

While only a handful of lawmakers attended, participants called the meeting an important step as protesters shift their focus from the streets of St. Louis County to the corridors of power in Jefferson City.