ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s a report that Ferguson is close to a deal with the U.S. Department Justice that would head off a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The New York Times says the two sides have agreed on the “outlines” of a deal, but completion will take support from Ferguson leaders and citizens, who will likely be asked to approve a local tax increase.

The agreement would require new training for police officers and improved record keeping, and it would appoint a federal monitor to make sure it happens.

Changes to the municipal court system are also expected, but it’s not clear what changes the city has agreed to.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles tells the Times, “we’re very close,” with just some “small sticking points.”

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