Federal government sues Ferguson, Missouri

FERGUSON, Mo –  The federal government sued the city of Ferguson on Wednesday, 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.

The civil-rights lawsuit filed by the Justice Department alleged that Ferguson routinely violated residents' rights and misused law enforcement to generate revenue — a practice the government said was "ongoing and pervasive."

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson's decision to reject the agreement left the department no choice except to sue.

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