St. Louis leader says warm weather could lead to violence

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ST. LOUIS, MO–A St. Louis community outreach leader has warned a federal civil rights agency that the upcoming warmer months could bring more street violence fueled by lingering resentment of police shootings.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that James Clark, vice president of the nonprofit organization Better Family Life, addressed his concerns Monday to the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as part of a panel discussing the relationship between police use of force and race.

The commission is an independent, bipartisan agency that advises the president and Congress on civil rights issues. The group took an interest in the area after the shooting death of a black teen, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the panel that he is working to be more transparent about shootings by officers.

The committee plans on having a follow-up meeting in Kansas City later this year, after which it will issue findings and recommendations.

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