A 2012 episode in Ferguson, Mo., along with the later police killing of Michael Brown, helped prompt a federal consent decree with the Justice Department. Fred Watson, a black man, was sitting in his car in a park when a police officer drew his gun on him. The officer searched the car without permission and wrote more than half a dozen tickets, including for lacking a vehicle inspection sticker and not wearing a seatbelt, even though the car was parked . . .
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