- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Three newly elected members of the Ferguson City Council have been sworn into office.

Wesley Bell, Ella Jones and Brian Fletcher were sworn in Tuesday night before a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall, with dozens more waiting outside.

The city of about 21,000 - whose population is about two-thirds black - now has a council that’s evenly split between white and black members, plus a white mayor.

The last council had one black member, who wasn’t up for re-election. Two of the new members are black.

Last month’s municipal election in Ferguson was the first since Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white police officer. Brown’s death led to sometimes violent protests.

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