The city of Ferguson, Mo., on Monday said it is ready to reconsider a tentative agreement with the Justice Department to overhaul the community’s police department and municipal court system, an about-face that comes after council members balked last month at approving the settlement they said would be too costly to implement.
Jeff Small, a spokesman for the city of Ferguson, says the city council decided to reconsider after receiving assurances from the Justice Department last week that it has “no intent on bankrupting the city or putting undo financial burdens on the city.”
The Justice Department sued the city last month asking a federal court to enforce the broad overhaul, one day after the city council voted to approve the settlement on the condition that Justice agreed to several revisions.
The push by the Justice Department for the overhaul came after a DOJ civil rights investigation completed last year revealed endemic problems in the treatment of African-Americans by Ferguson’s police and court system. (USA Today)