Despite Challenges, New Hagerstown Police Chief Optimistic About Department\'s Future

The incident that sparked federal involvement in Ferguson was the shooting death of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by white police Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson was determined to have used reasonable force by federal and county investigators, but the Justice Department in a separate investigation found that Ferguson police and courts had violated black citizens’ civil rights. The city has hired Illinois attorney Dan K. Webb to help negotiate the terms of a consent decree with the Justice Department.

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