On Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon swore in 16 members of the “Ferguson Commission.” The panel was created to address the “social and economic conditions” that have been highlighted by protesters after the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
According to reports, members of the commission were selected out of a pool of more than 300 people who applied.
On Wednesday, Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight talk panel (featuring Lauren Victoria Burke, Cleo Manago and Kim Brown) discussed how the “Ferguson Commission” may be able to impact conditions in the St. Louis suburb.
Lauren Victoria Burke had the following to say about the institution of the Commission: “I’m not sure you need another conversation about all of the problems in Ferguson because we’ve already heard these things for years.” She added, “I think the commission is effectively a PR attempt.”
Manago, who recently spent a week in Ferguson said, “I think they’re doing what they can to appease people and keep them calm, because we might not like what we are getting ready to hear.”
“If this commission is supposed to have some relevance,” Manago continued, “they should have somebody who has mental health skills, because there are some serious mental health issues happening on both end of the spectrum in Ferguson.”
Brown agreed with Manago’s comments and added, “I think this is a way to sort of placate the community, this is a band-aid, this is not a permanent solution to the issues that are happening in Ferguson.”
Check out what Martin and the “NewsOne Panel” had to say about the swearing in of the “Ferguson Commission” in the clip above.
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