Ferguson police agree to overhaul policies, training
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the U.S. Justice Department.
The recommendations follow the 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
They're detailed in a 131-page proposed consent decree released Wednesday. They're meant to correct problems identified in a scathing Justice Department report last year that identified unconstitutional and discriminatory practices across the city's police force and municipal court system.
The city had been under federal scrutiny since a white police officer shot Brown, who was black and unarmed, in August 2014.
The officer was cleared in the killing, but it led to protests and promoted a wave of national scrutiny about police use of force and law enforcement's interactions with minorities.
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