Ferguson, Missouri is set to hold their first city council elections following the death of Mike Brown last year.
Mike Brown was an unarmed black teen who was killed by a Ferguson police officer. Brown's death sparked a national outcry, riots, and protests. A new movement sparked causing the nation to take a deeper look at police relations especially concerning people of color and police brutality.
The officer who shot Mike Brown was not indicted. Although many individuals lost their job after a damning report from the Department of Justice was released. The DOJ report highlight federal discrimination taking place in Ferguson. Many city employees were also fired for sending racist and religiously offensive emails.
This election is significant. There are three council seats from all three of Ferguson’s wards up for election. Currently, only one of the six sitting council members is black. Although 67% of Ferguson's population is black, historically, there has only been a total of three black city council members have ever been elected.
It will be interesting to see if the city's political
landscape changes in the wake of Mike Brown's protest.
Written By: Lauren Beal I @laurenbeal