Justice Dept. May Sue Ferguson Over Racial Bias
CNN is reporting that the city of Ferguson may face a federal lawsuit for racial bias.
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce this week the results of a federal probe into the police department. The probe came in the wake of civil unrest last year in the St. Louis suburb after the police shooting death of teen Michael Brown. Protesters believed Brown was targeted and killed because of his race, but the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, is unlikely to face charges from the federal government.
If filed, the suit could potentially target the Ferguson, Mo. police department for allegedly utilizing policing practices that had a racially discriminatory intent.
Among the issues expected to be part of the Justice Department’s lawsuit are allegations made in a recent lawsuit filed by a group of low-income people who claimed officers in Ferguson and nearby Jennings targeted minorities with minor traffic infractions and then jailed them when they couldn’t pay fines.
The Justice Department action would ask for court supervision of changes at the Ferguson Police Department to improve how police deal with the minority communities they are supposed to protect.
Holder hinted at plans to announce the outcome of the dual investigations during an appearance at the National Press Club on Tuesday.
“I think everybody will see when we announce our results that the process that we have engaged in is, as I said back at the time when I went to Ferguson, independent, thorough and based on all the facts,” he said. “And I am confident that people will be satisfied with the results that will be announced.”
(H/T Huffington Post)