SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (AP) -- The Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is hosting a training session in St. Louis County to help officers better interact with their communities—an issue that has come to the forefront in the region since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson officer in August.
The training Thursday and Friday is part of the Justice Department’s response to the unrest that followed Brown’s death. Justice officials are conducting two investigations into the shooting. Meanwhile, a state grand jury is expected to decide this month if the officer, Darren Wilson, will face charges.
Soon after Brown was shot, President Barack Obama directed the Justice Department to work with police officials in and around Ferguson to help reduce tension and build trust.