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Krewson, Franks sit on panel on policing and racial equality

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Mayor Lyda Krewson (L) and State Rep. Bruce Franks (R) at a panel discussion on policing and racial equality. Credit: KMOV Mayor Lyda Krewson (L) and State Rep. Bruce Franks (R) at a panel discussion on policing and racial equality. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

For the first time in weeks, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson took part in a public meeting. The mayor had canceled such meetings following the verdict of officer Jason Stockley.

The meeting, which was held at Harris Stowe State University, involved panelists talking about issues such as policing and racial equality. Krewson and State Senator Bruce Franks were among the panelists.

Right after the discussion started, some in the audience started yelling that acting St. Louis Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole should step down. At times, Franks told the audience to stop yelling and allow discussion to take place.

Franks also took Krewson to task, saying the city needs a new public safety director, saying the current situation makes it hard to hold anyone accountable.

Krewson said dialogue is important for there to be a path to change. She said she supports having more oversight over police and to giving the Civilian Review Board subpoena power.

News 4 requested to speak with Krewson about what was discussed at the meeting but her office declined, saying she would make a statement in the coming days.

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