St. Louis alderman not going away after protestors leave Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– One demonstrator says he will not be going away after all the other protestors leave Ferguson.

Demonstrators continue to march to show their displeasure over the shooting death of Michael Brown.

“Just making sure what happened Saturday never happens again,” said demonstrator Alicia Street.

The pause in activity gives St. Louis Alderman Antonio French time to reflect on the ups and downs of recent nights.

“It`s been incredible, um scary, inspiring a whole range of emotions this week, but ultimately it`s unbelievable, you couldn`t have told me this was going to happen 2 or 3 weeks ago,” said Ald. French.

French plans on leading an effort to register African Americans to vote.

“You know a lot of the people over this week just learned what the makeup of their city is, didn`t know they weren`t represented as they should have been and so we`re going to open an office here and register every person we can find and try to get people active,” he stated.

French believes the shooting death of Michael Brown triggered so much attention because of what he calls a disconnect between African Americans and elected leaders and says even if violence leaves this street, race relations in St. Louis still have a long way to go.

“And so we need to get to the business of healing that involves a lot of uncomfortable conversations, but it has to be done,” he said.

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