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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ferguson, Missouri is seeking public input on a proposed consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department that would resolve a federal probe into whether it systematically violates citizens' civil rights.

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The investigation began after protests following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in August 2014, exposing tension between the city government and minorities in the community.

The incident was one of a series that sparked demonstrations around the country and prompted a debate about police use of force involving African-Americans.

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CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors call for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch to withdraw from the investigation surrounding the death 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on October 9, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. Brown's August 9 death sparked several days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. The shooting death of another 18-year-old, Vonderrit Myers Jr., by a St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A sign from a demonstrator rest on the ground on October 11, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri, during a protest for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, 18, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the suburban town of Ferguson near St. Louis. AFP PHOTO/Joshua Lott (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest on October, 11 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri, the shooting death of Michael Brown. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, 18, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the suburban town of Ferguson near St. Louis. AFP PHOTO/Joshua Lott (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - OCTOBER 10 : Demonstrators gather outside the Ferguson Police Station during a protest on Friday, October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - OCTOBER 10 : Demonstrators confront police during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Station on Friday, October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - OCTOBER 10 : A demonstrator stands in front of the Police line outside the Ferguson Police Station on October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Volunteers called 'Marshalls' direct traffic around the District Prosecutors offices where protestors take part in a rally as part of the Ferguson October movement in Clayton, Mo. on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Police stand guard as protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors call for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch to withdraw from the investigation surrounding the death 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on October 9, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. Brown's August 9 death sparked several days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. The shooting death of another 18-year-old, Vonderrit Myers Jr., by a St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. is comforted during a candlelight vigil for her grandson on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: People gather outside the store which 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. had left before he was killed on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed across the street from the store yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. stands near the spot where he was killed during a candlelight vigil on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Family members attend a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators block an intersection as they occupy streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. An upside down flag is a universal symbol of distress. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators block an intersection as they occupy streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. An upside down flag is a universal symbol of distress. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators block an intersection as they occupy streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. An upside down flag is a universal symbol of distress. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A crowd gathers at the scene of a fatal police officer-involved shooting at the intersection of Shaw Boulevard and Klemm Street on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT via Getty Images)
A crowd gathers near the scene in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard where a man was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT via Getty Images)
Bassem Masri, center, a man who has live streamed many of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., confronts a St. Louis police officer at the intersection of Shaw Boulevard and Klemm Street as protesters gathered at the scene of a fatal police officer-involved shooting on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT via Getty Images)
Shaw pics by @pdpj - crowd at fatal officer-involved shooting http://t.co/7tCGxgNVd7 @Shaw_STL @stltoday http://t.co/Zddn51rtaS
Grand between Russell and 44 is shut down, tact team truck just showed up order people out of street http://t.co/cGKbWlFqmL
Protesters now at Shaw and Grand sitting in the road http://t.co/c0GTSkWEiK
Protesters blocking Grand and Gravois intersection chanting "Black lives matter" http://t.co/SPXNz97v6B
Protesters marching down middle of Grand, police have traffic shut down, but there is no police presence http://t.co/Dmgh9VJoOI
Grand Ave shut down at 44 protesters confronting police http://t.co/eH4Q7XCswg
Fatal police officer involved shooting scene on 4100 block of Shaw in #stl, growing crowd upset http://t.co/5eNkWj4Frq
Police-involved shooting at Klemm an Shaw in STL. Suspect fired at off-duty offc wrkibg security, officer fired back. http://t.co/bNXcXZswvO
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters gather in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters gather in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Ferguson and St. Louis County police approach a group of protesters gathered in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Ferguson and St. Louis County police approach a group of protesters gathered in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Brianna Smith holds up the arms of her 11-month-old son, Ethan Smith, during protests across the street from the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
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The proposed agreement will be put to a vote before the Ferguson City Council by Feb. 9.

The settlement would require the city to change its municipal code, including sections that impose prison time for failure to pay certain fines and an ordinance used against individuals who do not comply with police orders.

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Under the terms of the proposed agreement, the Ferguson police department would also be required to give its officers bias-awareness training, implement a "robust" accountability system, and ensure that police stop, search, and arrest practices do not discriminate on the basis of race or other protected characteristics.

The proposal "simply encapsulates the elements that any small- to medium-size police department can and should put in place to ensure that its officers conduct themselves in a manner that is constitutional and effective," wrote the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, in a Tuesday letter to City Council members.

Gupta also said in the letter that she hoped the City Council would approve the agreement so that the department will not have to "resort to contested litigation," which she said would divert resources and delay implementation of the police and court reform.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards and Julia Harte; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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