Ferguson police agree to overhaul policies, training

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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 police force and municipal court system.

The city had been under federal scrutiny since the August 2014 shooting of Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white police officer.

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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