Ferguson, Missouri – The Missouri city that became a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police swore in its first black mayor.
Ella Jones, 65, beat her colleague on the City Council Heather Robinette, who is white, 54% to 46% to win the three-year term in an election on June 2. The term limit prohibited Mayor James Knowles III from seeking a fourth term.
Jones was sworn in Tuesday night at City Hall and a second ceremony was to be held Wednesday at the Saint Louis Urban League office in Ferguson.RELATED
Jones inherits one of the most notorious small cities in the United States.
18-year-old Brown was shot dead by white policeman Darren Wilson in a street confrontation on August 9, 2014. Some people near the scene said the black teenager had his arms raised in surrender and the protests lasted. months.
Wilson was exonerated by an investigative jury in Saint Louis and the Justice Department and resigned from the police in November 2014. But a Justice Department investigation into Ferguson police and court practices there led to a settlement that required major reforms still ongoing.
Ferguson was the site of protests this month, after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer who supported his knee on his neck for several minutes while he complained that he could not breathe.
Jones was elected to the council in 2015 and was a mayoral candidate in 2017.