ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Emotions continue to run high at Ferguson Commission public hearings.

There was standing room only last night’s hearing in St. Louis, and commission co-chair the Rev. Starsky Wilson says listening to everyone is a priority.

The hearing focused on traffic practices and municipal court reform, and Wilson says this is not just a Ferguson problem.

“Likely, the worst thing that could have been done, for the sake of community understanding, was to call this the Ferguson Commission. Let me just say that,” Wilson said. “Because, we are all clear – we are all clear that the issues that we deal with around the community, and policing, and courts, effect this entire region of 2.8 million people.”

Former St. Louis Police Chief and current Director of State Public Safety Dan Isom said progress is being made, and the hard work is about to begin.

“Each meeting has garnered a lot of discussion, a lot of ideas,” he said. “Those get collated into documents where everybody can review them. And … we’re starting the process of getting down to some real hard work about recommendations.”

Gov. Jay Nixon formed the Ferguson Commission to look at police policies and race relations. The commission will give Nixon recommendations for policy changes next fall.

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