City of Ferguson reacts to federal lawsuit (5 images)

The city is responding to a federal lawsuit, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Ferguson, Missouri city council member Wesley Bell responds to a reporters question as Mayor James Knowles III and council member Ella Jones listen in during a press conference in Ferguson,Missouri on February 10, 2016. The city is responding to a federal lawsuit, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. Ferguson has been under Justice Department scrutiny since 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson 18 months ago. Justice The Department report was critical of police and a profit-driven municipal court system. Following months of negotiations, an agreement between the federal agency and Ferguson was announced in January. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson's decision to reject the agreement left the department no choice except to sue. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles III reads prepared remarks to reporters in response to a federal lawsuit, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, on February 10, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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Ferguson, Missouri council member Wesley Bell answers a reporters question during a press conference in response to a federal lawsuit, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, on February 10, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles III reads prepared remarks to reporters in response to a federal lawsuit, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, on February 10, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles III reads prepared remarks to reporters in response to a federal lawsuit, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, on February 10, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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