Ferguson council votes to accept DOJ reform deal

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ The Latest on the Ferguson City Council’s consideration of a U.S. Justice Department plan to overhaul the St. Louis suburb’s police force and municipal court system.

The Ferguson City Council has unanimously agreed to accept a U.S. Justice Department plan to overhaul its embattled police force and municipal court system.

Elected leaders in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement voted Tuesday night to approve the DOJ consent decree.

The agency and Ferguson reached a tentative agreement after months of negotiations. But the council rejected the plan in February over cost concerns, prompting the Justice Department to sue the next day.

City leaders have since said they expected to approve the deal after being assured the city won’t be required to provide its police officers with pay raises, a provision they feared could bankrupt Ferguson.

The Ferguson City Council could soon accept a U.S. Justice Department plan to overhaul its embattled police force and municipal court system.

Elected leaders in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement meet Tuesday night to consider final approval of the DOJ consent decree.

The agency and Ferguson reached a tentative agreemen after months of negotiations. But the council rejected the plan in February over cost concerns, prompting the Justice Department to sue the next day.

City leaders have since said they expect to approve the deal after being assured the city won’t be required to provide its police officers with pay raises, a provision they feared could bankrupt Ferguson.

Statement from head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta regarding Ferguson, Missouri, city council vote to approve consent decree

WASHINGTON – Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, released the following statement regarding the Ferguson, Missouri, City Council vote to approve the proposed consent decree with the Department of Justice:

“Tonight, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, took an important step towards guaranteeing all of its citizens the protections of our Constitution.  We are pleased that they have approved the consent decree, a document designed to provide the framework needed to institute constitutional policing in Ferguson, and look forward to filing it in court in the coming days and beginning to work with them towards implementation.”

The City of Ferguson has posted this release:

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