U.S. Justice Department sues Ferguson, Missouri over police reform

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 5:37 PM

By Julia Edwards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesdays that it had filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, to enforce a police and court reform plan after the city said it wanted to amend some aspects of a consent decree it reached with the federal agency.

The Justice Department initiated a civil rights investigation into Ferguson's policing and court practices after an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer in 2014. It resulted in a report that was extremely critical of Ferguson's police and court systems.

"Unable to reach a mutually agreed upon court-enforceable settlement to remedy the department's findings, the lawsuit was filed today," the Justice Department said in a statement.