National League of Cities Calls for Calm Around Ferguson Decision

Austin, Texas - The following statement is attributed to the National League of Cities:

"As the nation awaits the Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown case, the National League of Cities urges all communities to remain calm and practice restraint during the emotional days to come.

"We call on all protestors to remain peaceful as they exercise their right to protest, and request that authorities find the appropriate balance in maintaining order and supporting the exercise of constitutional rights.

"Local officials have enormous opportunity to improve the lives of their residents and get people involved in the political process, which is fundamental to democratic government. We encourage all our members to work with community leaders, church groups and advocates to build stronger bonds of trust between local governments and their residents."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.