Race relations agreement in Kirkwood prompted by shooting

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 8:48 a.m. CST; updated 11:10 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

KIRKWOOD — It was nearly two years ago that a shooting rampage at Kirkwood City Hall prompted a closer look at race relations in the St. Louis County community.

Some say a new mediation agreement is the first step in healing those old wounds. But KSDK-TV reports that at a meeting on Monday, others said the pact falls short in addressing the tough issues.

The Department of Justice helped initiate the mediation after a black resident, Charles "Cookie" Thornton, walked into City Hall with a gun in February 2008 and killed two police officers and four city officials before he was gunned down by police.

The mediation document includes goals of creating a new automated system for tracking complaints, funding and training a human rights commission, and helping attract minorities to youth programs.


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