Ferguson, MO (KTRS) The Department of Justice is raising some concerns with the Code of Conduct ordinance Ferguson passed last summer to restore order to the city council meetings.
A special city council meeting was Thursday afternoon, where city leaders and the city’s attorneys discussed making amendments to the ordinance. City Manager De’Carlon Seewood says one of the issues raised by the DOJ involves the use of signs during city council meetings.
“One of the things in the ordinance is that people couldn’t come out of their seats if they had signs and so what they’re (the DOJ) saying is as long as they aren’t disrupting the meeting that shouldn’t be against the rules, so that’s some of the things we’re looking at amending.” said Seewood.
Council member Ella Jones says the Code of Conduct is not meant to suppress those attending the city council meetings. “We want our senior citizens, our young people, and activists to come in and have a good meeting and we can’t do that if the meeting is always out of control.”
“I believe we can find common. When Ferguson gives a little and the DOJ gives a little, we’re going to come to a decision. I always think we can work in the spirit of cooperation.” adds Jones.
City leaders say they plan to make amendments to the ordinance in the coming months.