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Ferguson, Missouri - 14 Sept. 2015
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1. Wide shot of Ferguson Commission news conference
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Starsky Wilson, Co-Chair of Ferguson Commission
"Today is a milestone that we noted appropriately, that we have offered a path toward racial equity - not the path, but a path - we invite other people into it and we note that this work requires accountability. So while today, we focus on the process and engagement, tomorrow, the watch word is accountability."
3. Rich McClure walking up to podium
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rich McClure, Co-Chair of Ferguson Commission
"We present this report with the realization and understanding that it presents uncomfortable truths about this region that we all call home. And as difficult as some parts of this report are to read, it should be read with the understanding that it also presents ways to address these truths and that there are people of goodwill who are very well prepared and committed to engage in that work and eager to do so. The report explores and attempts to address the social conditions and inequities that young people across the region have raised, and other collective voices in our region that they live and struggle with these inequities every day. It is very important that as we understand the national and international response to Ferguson, that have made clear that this problem is not unique to St. Louis, it is nonetheless our reality. So our hope is that in reading this report, it will begin for some, continue for others, a learning process."
5. Mid shot of Gov. Nixon at podium
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gov. Jay Nixon, (D) Missouri
"I commit to you today that these tireless efforts will not be in vain. Our journey will continue, through the sheer force of our collective will and our personal acceptance of responsibility for our community's safety and well being, we will keep moving forward together. We are engaged in nothing less than the unfinished work of protecting our democracy."
A reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown is pushing for the consolidation of police departments and municipal courts in the St. Louis area, and decreasing the use of police force.
The Ferguson Commission, a 16-member panel appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in November, released a copy of its 198-page report online Monday.
Nixon and members of the commission discussed the details at an afternoon news conference.
The report recommends new police use-of-force policies, officer training and change in department culture.
It also recommends consolidating municipal courts and police departments in the St. Louis area.
The report acknowledges the commission has no power to enact any of the proposals, but Nixon has said the group has his office's full support.