Missouri's St. Louis County has a new prosecutor and some new policies. But residents say that while there are some positive political signs, much more needs to be done.
Ferguson, Mo., will have its first mayoral election since 2014, when a white police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old African-American. Some worry a slow pace of change will affect voter turnout.
If Ferguson's City Council approves the consent decree, it would require the city to provide police officers with more training, body cameras, and to change its court system.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ferguson Mayor James Knowles about why the City Council decided to change an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the subsequent lawsuit against the city.
Former City Manager John Shaw stepped down in March after a federal investigation found the Ferguson Police Department's practices "are shaped by the City's focus on revenue."
"We have begun to build a problem-solving machine," say the members of a governor-appointed panel that has spent months identifying entrenched issues in Ferguson and St. Louis.
No new violence was reported in Ferguson, Mo., but dozens of people were arrested Monday. Late into the night, men armed with assault rifles walked the streets.
Ferguson is under a state of emergency after gunfire Sunday night disrupted otherwise peaceful protests. Police exchanged fire with a Ferguson man who is in critical condition.
In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, the president rejects the suggestion that political considerations put race relations on the back burner in his first term.