St. Louis area police are promising that they'll have a presence this afternoon when protestors plan a demonstration designed to block Interstate 70 in north St. Louis. Organizers say they'll stage a highway shutdown after 3 p.m. to protest Governor Nixon's refusal to appoint a special prosecutor in the Michael Brown shooting death case.
The unarmed teen was shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The demonstration is supposed to be peaceful and is also aimed at protesting police brutality and pushing voter registration, but police say they will enforce highway laws to protect the protestors and motorists. Meanwhile, more than 500 people packed the Greater Grace Church in Ferguson last night for the first city council meeting since the shooting. Council members proposed several citizen friendly measures, including an overhaul of the municipal court system by lowering fines and reforming procedures. Another measure would do away with the separate offense of "failure to appear" in municipal court. Defendants who don't show up would no longer face a new fine.