Ferguson is preparing for the national spotlight to return on the August 9 anniversary of Michael Brown’s death and the unrest that followed, reports KSDK-TV in St. Louis. Many of the city leaders who will guide Ferguson through the one-year anniversary are new to their roles. “We feel like we’re being very well prepared. It was very good to get the staff fully up to speed,” said city manager Ed Beasley. Ferguson’s newly named interim police chief Andre Anderson, told the City Council, he has a community policing strategy.
“I’ve asked the police department to adopt four things as we start: We want to embrace professionalism, we want to embrace respect, we want to embrace community engagement and we want to make the community safer,” Anderson said. The city plans a job fair for the anniversary weekend, including a jobs fair and have conducted a road cleanup. At the anniversary, Beasley vows to make sure people “have the right to exercise their civil rights the proper way.”