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Tue Mar 3, 2015, 03:37 PM Mar 2015

Justice Department Finds Pattern of Police Bias and Excessive Force in Ferguson


WASHINGTON — Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., have routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city’s black residents, the Justice Department has concluded in a scathing report that accuses the officers of using excessive force and making unjustified traffic stops for years.

The Justice Department, which opened its investigation after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed a black teenager last summer, says the discrimination was fueled in part by racial stereotypes held by city officials. Investigators say the officials made racist jokes about blacks on their city email accounts.

Ferguson is a largely black city with a government and a police force that are mostly white. After the shooting of the teenager, Michael Brown, the city erupted in angry, sometimes violent protests and looting. Since then, Ferguson has been at the center of a national debate over race and policing that has drawn in President Obama, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey.

The report’s findings were summarized by a federal law enforcement official. The full report is expected to be released on Wednesday. A separate report is expected to clear the officer, Darren Wilson, of any civil rights violations in the shooting of Mr. Brown.
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Justice Department Finds Pattern of Police Bias and Excessive Force in Ferguson (Original Post) steve2470 Mar 2015 OP
Hey Steve!!!!! bravenak Mar 2015 #1
hey bravenak, hope you're staying warm! steve2470 Mar 2015 #2
Warmer than the rest of the snowbearing locations. bravenak Mar 2015 #3
33 F ? Wow you are thick-blooded for sure! steve2470 Mar 2015 #4
I guess so. bravenak Mar 2015 #5
kick Blue_Tires Mar 2015 #6


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3. Warmer than the rest of the snowbearing locations.
Tue Mar 3, 2015, 03:44 PM
Mar 2015

It's amazing how warm Anchorage is compared to Chicago. I have my window open!
I think everybody here, even republicans will admit to climate change.

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