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Forum on Ferguson violence highlights mayors’ conference in Sacramento

Mayor Kevin Johnson will convene a two-day forum of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Sacramento that will include a session discussing the response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. The attorney representing the family of Michael Brown, the young man killed by police in Ferguson in August, will be part of the panel discussion.

Attorney Benjamin Crump also represents the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Joining Crump on the Sunday panel will be St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, IN.

A session earlier in the day will focus on technology and include remarks by Johnson and Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick. Both sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown and will be open to the media, but not the public.

Johnson is the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. More than 30 mayors from around the country will begin arriving in Sacramento on Saturday. The delegation is scheduled to attend the Farm-to-Fork dinner on the Tower Bridge on Sunday.