ST. LOUIS (AP) – Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice say Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress in the effort to end racial bias in police and court practices, but more transparency is needed.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry on Thursday heard an update on a consent agreement reached in 2016. The St. Louis suburb has been under scrutiny since the 2014 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson.
Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned, but the shooting prompted a Justice Department investigation.
Justice Department attorney Amy Senier gave Ferguson high marks for developing policies on issues such as officer recruitment and use of force. She says transparency is hurt by a city website not kept up to date on court issues and other matters.