FERGUSON, Mo. - The Ferguson Police Department has called in the top law enforcer in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Not only is Dr. Cedric Alexander the police chief in DeKalb County, he's also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He says Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has asked for his assistance.
Alexander NewsChannel 5 sister station WXIA-TV in Atlanta he's headed to Ferguson to help the department and hopefully ease the tensions with the residents. He says there were many missteps, and says he encouraged Jackson to be as transparent as he can with the community. He also talked about the fact that there are 53 police officers on the force, three of whom are African-American.
The oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr. is calling for peace in Ferguson, and may come to town this weekend.
Martin Luther King III, like his father, is a human rights activist. Speaking with WXIA-TV, he said there is a disconnect between police and young people of color. He says human relations, sensitivity, and diversity training is needed.
He was asked what his father would say to people in Ferguson right now.
"First of all he would say his condolences to the father and mother who've lost their son. Then he would certainly caution and encourage calm. Although, perhaps he would say, violence is the language of the unheard," said King III.