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    'It Gets Tougher': Ferguson Panel Proposes Reforms
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    Kelly Berry protests along Florissant Avenue on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

    A panel in Ferguson, Missouri, offered a set of "tough" recommendations Monday to reform the city's criminal justice system in the wake of Michael Brown's death at the hands of a police officer and the violent protests that followed.

    The Ferguson Commission released a 198-page report, which co-chairman Rev. Starsky Wilson described as "a path toward racial equity," NBC News reported. It calls for sweeping reforms of the local criminal justice system and documents years of deep racial and economic disparities that exploded on the streets of Ferguson after Brown's Aug. 9, 2014 shooting.

    "This was tough," Wilson said at a news conference, in which the commission presented its findings to Missouri's governor. "The only promise we could make to the region is that it gets tougher."

    Rev. Wilson, and his co-chairman, Rich McClure, acknowledged that the panel couldn't compel officials to enact the changes it recommended, but urged the public not to let their 10 months of study go to waste.