Ferguson residents worry about cost of Dept. of Justice agreement
FERGUSON (AP) — Ferguson residents have mixed feelings about a proposed agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that calls for changes to police practices, and many are worried the deal could bankrupt the town.
About 100 people crammed into Ferguson City Hall chambers Tuesday for the first public meeting since the proposal was announced last week. An equal number were turned away due to space limitations.
Speakers were split on whether the city should adopt the proposal, but people on both sides worried it could cause even more financial hardship for the St. Louis suburb already scrambling to deal with a $2.8 million deficit.
Ferguson has been in the national spotlight since 2014, when 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson. Wilson wasn't prosecuted, but the shooting led to Justice Department scrutiny of Ferguson police and municipal court practices.
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