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Final Hearing Set in Ferguson Settlement

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After months of negotiations and some late push and pull over the cost, the last public hearing is set for Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s settlement with Ferguson.

The settlement calls for sweeping changes in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by police. The hearing is not required by law but was requested by both the Justice Department and Ferguson leaders. Overall, the agreement calls for the hiring of a monitor, diversity training for police, the purchase of software and hiring of staff to analyze records on arrests, use of force and other police matters and outfitting all officers and jail workers with body cameras.

It follows the fatal shooting of Brown, who was Black and unarmed, during a street confrontation with white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Brown’s death was a catalyst in the national Black Lives Matter movement.



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