The Ferguson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice after the two groups spent several months negotiating.
In a 6-0 vote, the City Council passed a bill authorizing the city to execute the DOJ agreement comprised of some 20 initiatives covering community engagement, municipal code and policing, in addition to other activities.
Under the agreement, requirements include more thorough training of police officers, changes to the city’s use of force protocol and pay raises for police officers in order to attract qualified applicants. The proposal will cost an estimated $2.1 million to $3.7 million in its first year.
The deal still requires approval by a judge after negotiations regarding specific language take place between lawyers representing Ferguson and their counterparts from the DOJ.