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No talk of #BlackLivesMatter at debate, St. Louis mayor hopeful notes

St. Louis is less than 15 miles from Ferguson, Mo., site of demonstrations in 2014 over the police shooting of a black teenager that sparked a national debate over law enforcement’s treatment of African Americans in communities across the country.

It’s an issue that’s still very much a part of the national dialogue two years later.

So, naturally, that topic was front and center in Sunday night’s debate, which was held in St. Louis?

Not exactly, noted Antonio French, a city alderman now running for mayor who became well known two years ago with his tweets documenting the Ferguson protests.

“I’m disappointed that the candidates weren’t asked about policing and #BlackLivesMatter,” French wrote on Twitter after the debate concluded. “Very important to our country and our city.”

The subject of the state of America’s urban communities did come up, with Trump, as he’s said before, bemoaning the current quality of life in inner cities, saying they were “a disaster education-wise, job-wise, safety-wise.”

French said he was “disappointed” by this “negative depiction.”

Source: usatoday

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