Young Citizens Council demand change

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - In response to Michael Brown's death and the protesting that has followed, a group of community leaders are making sure the race conversations don't end.

They are demanding things change in Ferguson when it comes to diversity on the police force and department oversight.

The group wants to make sure things change in our community.

One of them say it's easy to be a part of the problem, it's hard to be a part of the solution.

"I should not have to have a conversation with him on how to act when the police stop you, don't look him in the eye, don't walk with your pants down," says St. Louis city Treasurer Tishaura Jones.

Once the chanting ends and the marches are over, this group wants to stick around.

The Young Citizens Council of St. Louis, made up of community leaders, wants to have a conversation about race in St. Louis - without forgetting the reason for riots, the death of Michael Brown.

"These conversations have to be parallel we cannot lose sight of what happened with this situation, but more importantly we do need to talk about race more holistically and have some meaningful dialogue," says Dr. Dwaun Warmack, president of Harris-Stowe State University.

From the Young Citizens Council:
Furthermore, to empower the people of Ferguson, we call for the following:

• By September 30, 2014, a full and impartial investigation will be underway, supervised by the United States Department of Justice, and pending the outcomes, the swift and transparent prosecution of any and all officers involved in the murder of Michael Brown.

• By January 31, 2015, recruit and hire at least 10 more African American law enforcement officials in Ferguson.

• A significant decrease in racial profiling in Ferguson, which will be indicated in the annual United States Attorney General Report.

• By June 31, 2015, a civilian police review board will be established that has oversight powers over police officials (i.e. The power to independently review and constrain decisions that lead to militarization of our tax-funded policing community, and the power to mandate community policing strategies).

The council is also asking for people to submit a 6 second video by social media.

"For example I want to go to college, don't shoot," says Jones, "Or when my son is standing at the bus stop, don't shoot."

The group's main goal, don't let the dialogue end when the cameras go away.

"Race is uncomfortable, but on the other side of that is you can be comfortable with that person after you've had that uncomfortable conversation," says Jones. "The question is do we have the will?

Harris-Stowe State University will be hosting an event to talk about race in our community in the next few weeks.
For more information regarding the Don't Shoot movement:


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