Allison Blood (@AllisonBlood)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A huge crowd turned out for the first of several town hall meetings in Ferguson.

The Department of Justice barred media from attending the meeting, but reporters weren’t the only ones told to leave.

Police at the doors to Wellspring Church were checking IDs. Anyone who couldn’t prove they were a Ferguson resident was told to go home.

Several volunteers at Ferguson area churches were told they couldn’t attend because they didn’t live in the city.

Joshua Williams says he’s a resident of the city but was turned away because he left his ID at home.

He says even though he could go home and get his wallet, he thinks anyone who lives in the region should be able to attend.

Others say they work, but don’t live in the Ferguson area and were turned away. They say they should have a stake in this, too.

Police say that was also a call by the Department of Justice.

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