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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ The lead monitor overseeing efforts to eradicate racial bias in Ferguson’s police and court system says the “eyes of the whole nation” are on the St. Louis suburb.

Clark Ervin spoke Monday night at a town hall meeting in Ferguson. Ervin says the evaluation is in the early stages of a process expected to last five years. His group plans to survey residents in January, and to closely monitor progress in Ferguson’s municipal court, including interviews with people who go before the court.

Ferguson came under scrutiny after the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown. The U.S. Department of Justice found patterns of racial bias in Ferguson’s policing and court system. A settlement approved in April requires the city to adopt reforms under the supervision of monitors.