Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice have been busy recently with injustices performed on Black people in the nation. After Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson infamously shot and killed teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson, the DOJ probed into the police department. Though they could not find reason to charge Wilson with a crime, an investigation that started in September to find whether the Ferguson Police Department engaged in racial profiling or practiced excessive force uncovered that the department, does indeed operate with an impetus of racism.
This week, the DOJ will formally accuse the Ferguson PD of racial bias and violating the civil rights of citizens in the town. After hundreds of interviews and reviewing 35,000 pages of police reports, the DOJ found that even though Blacks make up only 67 percent of the population in Ferguson, they account for 93 percent of arrests from 2012 to 2014. Blacks also accounted for 88 percent of all instances of Ferguson police using force against suspects. All of the 14 canine bites endured from police dogs happened to Black people.
There was also evident racism in department emails. One email (from a sender whose name is being withheld) stated that he or she didn’t believe President Barack Obama would be in office long, saying “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”
The DOJ is in the process of negotiations with the Ferguson PD for a settlement so they can change their practices. A lawsuit could be brought against the department if no resolution is made.
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