Ferguson City Councilman, former mayor passes away

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Brian Fletcher, a former Mayor of the city of Ferguson who was elected to a city council seat last April, passed away in his sleep Sunday morning.  The news was confirmed by a source in city government late Sunday night, who anticipated a Monday announcement.

Fletcher previously served two terms in office as the city's mayor, and was outspoken in support of the city despite the criticism that came in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown in August 2014.  He founded a pro-community group "I LOVE FERGUSON" which boosted local businesses which were damaged in the unrest following Brown's death.

Fletcher won election to the city council in 2015 and had voiced concerns about a pending settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the agency's investigation into city and police practices, which he had said could potentially bankrupt the city.