In a collaborative effort to address the growing violence nationwide, a press conference was held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Columbia government Center. Speakers at the conference included Mayor Brian Treece, Mary Ratliff, former President of the Missouri State Chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Lorenzo Lawson, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Zone and Chief Ken Burton of the Columbia Police Department.
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