DOJ officials hear from Ferguson residents

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ Ferguson residents who met with a panel of Justice Department officials and investigators have given mixed reviews to the DOJ report critical of the town’s police department and municipal court.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that more than 200 people attended the meeting Thursday night. It was not open to the media.

Some assailed the Justice Department, saying the federal government and the media had tarnished Ferguson’s reputation across the world. Others lauded the report for pointing out flaws that can now be corrected.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss what next steps should be taken to correct problems cited by the report released earlier this month. The report found widespread racial bias and profiling in the police department, and a profit-driven municipal court system.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch