Voters Elect Two Black Candidates to Ferguson City Council

Voters in Ferguson, Missouri, elected two African-American candidates to City Council Tuesday, tripling African-American representation in the St. Louis suburb where poor race relations have been a focal point since the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer, NBC News reported. The elections of Wesley Bell and Ella Jones mean three of the Council's six members will be African-Americans, NBC station KSDK reported. Jones will replace Kim Tihen, a police officer who stepped down from the council after her name was mentioned in the Department of Justice's scathing report blasting the city for racial bias and profiling in the police department and a profit-driven municipal court system.

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