- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A federal judge approved an agreement Tuesday between the city of Ferguson and the U.S. Justice Department that calls for sweeping changes in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot in August 2014 by a police officer.

As part of the deal, Ferguson must:

-Supply its police officers and court officials with bias-awareness training.

-Buy software and hire staff to analyze records involving arrests, use of force and other police actions.

-Outfit all officers and jail workers with body cameras and use in-car cameras.

-Adopt an accountability system that ensures that police stops, searches and arrests don’t discriminate.

-Change its municipal code, including provisions that impose prison time for failure to pay certain fines.

-Allow residents to record public police activity and lawfully complain without retaliation, and to engage in lawful protest.

-Fully and fairly investigate all allegations of officer misconduct, taking corrective and disciplinary action when necessary.

-Establish a civilian board that reviews, makes findings and recommends disciplinary action for investigations of complaints involving excessive force, abuse of authority, the use of discriminatory slurs and other misconduct.

-Develop a recruitment plan that will help attract and retain a highly qualified workforce of officers.

-Hire a team to monitor progress.

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