Sikeston reaches agreement with black community

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 4:14 p.m. CDT

SIKESTON — The Sikeston City Council is reaching out to the black community in hopes of improving relations and communication.

The council approved an agreement on Monday with the Sikeston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and two local groups. The agreement was brokered by a Justice Department official.

As part of the new agreement, the city is apologizing for an Election Day incident when police held training exercises in front of a fire station that was used as a polling place.

The pact also provides for a citizen complaint mechanism, seeks to improve recruitment and hiring of black people and addresses racial profiling, condemnation and housing concerns.


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