Judge Approves Ferguson Reform Deal

A federal judge approved the deal between Ferguson, Missouri, and the Justice Department to overhaul the city’s policing and courts. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued the ruling Tuesday, calling the deal a “reasonable resolution.” The settlement calls for diversity training for police, hiring an independent monitor, new software to analyze records on arrests and use of force, as well as outfitting all officers with body cameras. The deal comes after a DOJ inquiry found racial bias in Ferguson’s policing and criminal justice system following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, at the hands of a police officer.