Ferguson residents get a say on police overhaul agreement

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ Ferguson residents are getting their say on a settlement city leaders negotiated with the U.S. Department of Justice that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot.

The first public meeting on the proposed consent decree Tuesday night will be followed by comment sessions Saturday and on Feb. 9, when the city council could approve the agreement.

Brown, who was black and unarmed, was killed by white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson was not prosecuted, but the shooting led to an outpouring of concern about police and the town's municipal court system, leading to a critical Justice Department report.

The agreement, if approved, would likely avert a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson.