Here comes Ferguson PD vs. the Federal Government. Eric Holder must be giddy. Check it out…
The Justice Department has launched a wide-ranging civil rights investigation in Ferguson, Missouri, that will examine not just the the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, but the history of conduct and race relations in the Ferguson Police Department.
The federal inquiry, ordered by Attorney General Eric Holder, could also broaden to include St. Louis County police and other suburban St. Louis police forces, according to reports.
When Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Brown in a hail of bullets on August 9, it triggered massive protests in the mostly-black city of Ferguson and started a national debate on race relations and the use of force by police.
The community’s anger at the shooting resulted in massive protests and, in some instances, vandalism and violence on the city streets. In response, heavily-armed Ferguson and St. Louis County police in tactical gear took to the streets with automatic weapons and armored military vehicles in an attempt to restore order.
The Justice Department investigation will look at the practices in the past few years of the police department, including patterns of stops, arrests and use-of-force, as well as the training the officers receive, the New York Times reported.
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