Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – The city of Ferguson has hired a lawyer to help deal with the Department of Justice after its investigation found widespread racial discrimination by Ferguson police.

Ferguson released only a brief statement confirming it has hired prominent Illinois attorney Daniel K. Webb to negotiate with the Justice Department on the consent decree.

Cincinnati reporter Peter Bronson covered a similar fight Cincinnati waged with the DOJ after its riots.

Bronson says the consent decree cost Cincinnati $10 million.

“It’s money that should have been spent on training and hiring police,” he says. “It should have been something that we did locally without the federal middle men and monitors soaking up so much of it, and the lawyers who descended on the city.

Bronson says for Ferguson, part of the goal will be to make reforms without bankrupting the city.

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