FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A long line of speakers fired passionate comments during the 1st Ferguson City Council meeting following the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The Council conducted its regular business and then took public comment. The meeting held at the Greater Grace Church on Pershall Road ended at 10 pm with some citizens still waiting to speak.
The city planned on calling up speakers by name based on speaker cards filled out before the meeting. But the plan was scrapped when dozens of people lined up behind two microphones. Speakers were asked to say their name and where they lived. Some declined. Others said they did not live in Ferguson but felt compelled speak.
Several speakers criticized city leaders for the way the Michael Brown shooting was handled. Some vowed to organize voters to unseat current council members. There were a few brief disruptions. During one point of the meeting, some stood and chanted, “Fired up, can’t take it no more.”
Mayor James Knowles told the audience he and the council would listen to the comments but would not be engaged in a question and answer type format. He said upcoming ward meetings would allow for those types of exchanges.
“How are you getting Ferguson residents involved with trying to be unified?” asked one speaker.
One speaker promised more demonstrations if he didn’t see officer Darren Wilson face charges for the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“You all might as well bring back the army because there’s going to be chaos in the street again,” said the young man.
The Council did move one step closer to pass ordinances aimed at easing tensions. One idea is the creation of a citizen review board. Other ideas included capping how much general revenue the city collects from court fines.
Mayor Knowles told the audience the proposed ordinances received a 1st reading Tuesday night and would need at 2nd reading during the next council before members could vote to approve it.