CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Chatter on social media suggesting local governments are ill prepared for the reaction to the coming grand jury decision prompted top city and county leaders to talk Wednesday about their efforts to reach groups of protesters. They say they are talking to other community leaders about how to move forward and how to make sure lasting change does happen.
St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay believe the region has an opportunity to face long simmering racial issues and make real changes that will impact the lives of citizens. Today they asked residents to be calm, to protest peacefully and to look to the future. Charlie Dooley and Francis Slay point to changes already proposed for various municipal courts and police departments. "Let's think on a positive note. We'll do the things that make us a positive community that we can brag about, “said Charlie Dooley. Mayor Slay added "we are committed to addressing these issues including policing, governance, racial disparities in healthcare and education all issues at the root of what caused such a high level of anger and emotion after August 9 and "said Slay.