Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ferguson Council Lets Violations Slide as New Conduct Ordinance Takes Effect

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ferguson Council Lets Violations Slide as New Conduct Ordinance Takes Effect

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FERGUSON * Gerry Jasper brought her red clown nose with her but didn't wear it.

Instead, Jasper, who turned 65 on Tuesday, put a birthday hat on her head, smiled as everyone in the Ferguson City Council chambers sang "Happy Birthday" to her and then read a poem.

"In 14 days it will be August 9, two years since the death of Michael Brown the world is watching our town," it began.

The timer beeped after two minutes the limit established by a new ordinance regulating conduct at public meetings. The ordinance also prohibits large signs, approaching the dais without permission, obscene language and props.

City leaders said the new law was necessary after nearly two years of raucous meetings.

Tuesday evening's City Council meeting was the new law's first test. Violations abounded. People clapped. One activist knitted. …

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