Ferguson residents speak out about deal with the Department of Justice

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FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) - The City of Ferguson is close to approving a deal with the Department of Justice to reform police practices in the city.

The public gots its first opportunity to speak out about the plans Tuesday night in council chambers of Ferguson city hall.

It's been almost a year since the DOJ began scrutinizing the city after the death of Michael Brown, Jr.

Its investigation found widespread civil rights violations that made money from poor and minority residents to help balance the city's budget.  It also found police routinely used excessive force and made unwarranted traffic stops.

If approved, Ferguson will likely avoid a lawsuit by the Justice Department.