|Ferguson Police respond to DOJ's investigation of their department.|
Revelations told a tale of racial profiling. The Department of Justice has uncovered a trove of controversy. The Ferguson Police Department has systematically pulled over and arrest Black residents than other groups.
Some of the officers had traded racial emails about President Barack Obama.
The St. Louis suburb has been the focal point of racial unrest. In August, Ferg officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, sparking months of protest and partisan debate.
Eventually, Wilson was not indicted for the shooting. Some called for the Justice Department to charge him for violating his civil rights. The DOJ couldn't do really much to Wilson but they could do it to his police department.
The Justice Department will make the case that an atmosphere in which these kinds of jokes were circulated—the authors are not identified—is partly to blame for police bias. The big stat: African-Americans make up 67% of the population but account for 93% of arrests. Justice Department officials are trying to negotiate a settlement with the Ferguson department to force improvements and could sue if no agreement is reached, reports the Washington Post.
Truly a terrible scenario for many Black motorists and residents.