Activists want to make sure lawmakers follow Ferguson Commission recommendations

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Community organizers are trying to figure out how to ensure elected officials implement recommendations in the Ferguson report, as the Ferguson Commission prepares to disband at the end of the year.

More than a thousand faith leaders and activists gathered for a strategy session at Saint Louis University Sunday to announce their plans to hold elected officials accountable to those recommendations for racial equality and social change.

When Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer in August 2014, his death set off riots and violence and questions about race relations in America.

The Ferguson Commission, appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, was tasked to find answers and come up with policy recommendations and, after nearly a year, the group released its final report.

“So where we go now is we call on those accountable bodies that we identify in the report to actually move the things that the 2,000 citizens that were a part of the commission process to make the actual policy, so we will hold them accountable – elected officials and civic leaders who don't do that, and we celebrate those who do,” said Rev. Starsky Wilson, co-chair of the Ferguson Commission.

The group of community leaders is making sure to partner with various advocacy groups to move several key policy recommendations forward, including increased quality and quantity of police training, updating racial profiling statutes, civilian oversight of police, and minimum wage increase.

The Ferguson Commission has no authority of its own to implement their recommendations.

Community organizers will have to take a wait-and-see approach to find out if state and local lawmakers will pass legislation that supports the priorities outlined in the Ferguson Commission’s report.