Ferguson, feds reach tentative police reform deal

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Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., march with hands up. (File photo.)

ST. LOUIS — The Justice Department has reached a tentative agreement with Ferguson, Missouri, on systemic changes following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014.

City officials announced the proposed deal between the federal government and the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday afternoon. A City Council vote is scheduled for Feb. 9.

The recommended overhaul follows seven months of negotiations. It likely averts a civil rights lawsuit that federal officials have the option to bring against departments that resist changing their policing practices.

The plan calls for more thorough training of police officers and changes to the city’s use of force procedures. Such deals also generally require the appointment of a monitor to oversee a police department’s compliance.