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Ferguson Commission Issues 189 Calls To Action

Demonstrators, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, protest along West Florrisant Street on August 11, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014. (Scott Olson/Getty)
Demonstrators, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, protest along West Florrisant Street on August 11, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014. (Scott Olson/Getty)

More than a year after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson by a white police officer, setting off protests, riots and a national “Black Lives Matter” movement, a new report is out today, called “Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity.”

In the introduction, it spells out something that has become increasingly clear over the past year: “The law says all citizens are equal, but the data says not everyone is treated that way.” It goes on to issue 189 calls to action on everything from criminal justice and housing, to education and economics.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with one of the commissioners, Becky James-Hatter, about the report’s recommendations, and what happens next.

Guest

  • Becky James-Hatter, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and one of 16 commissioners appointed by the Missouri governor after the killing of Michael Brown. She tweets @BeckyJamesHatte.

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