Ferguson Voters Elect Two African Americans to the City Council

Voters in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday elected two African Americans to the town’s city council, which is now evenly divided between three blacks and three whites.

Men and women stand in line to vote in Ferguson, Mo.

Men and women stand in line to vote in Ferguson, Mo.

A heavy voter turnout elected Ella Jones, an African-American professor and Wesley Bell, an African-American judge, to the council. Dewayne James, who is also African-American, is a member of the council.

In its 120-year history, Ferguson’s council has had only two African-American members.Ferguson, a predominately black St. Louis suburb, has had a council that was majority white. The police department is majority white.

African-American residents protested throughout Ferguson, following the shooting death last August of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager,  by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson cop.

The U.S. Justice Department issued a report that Ferguson’s police and court systems were rife with racial abuses.

The first time the new council is scheduled to meet is April 21.

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