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Justice Department prods Ferguson police to improve

A corner of the Justice Department has spent months prodding local police in St. Louis and Ferguson, Mo., to change the way they view their citizens and to respond to protests with the intention of upholding people’s First Amendment rights, not shutting them down. The effort is just one prong of an unusually involved response from the Justice Department to the Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, which sparked weeks of occasionally violent protests in the area.

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