U.S. Justice Department Launches Probe Into Ferguson Police Force
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce the U.S. Justice Department‘s plans to launch an investigation into the Ferguson Police Department this week. The news follows the shooting death of unarmed St. Louis teen Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by law enforcement officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th. A recent report from the The Washington Post outlines the scope of the impending investigation in brief:
“The investigation, which could be announced as early as Thursday afternoon, will be conducted by the Justice Department’s civil rights division and follow a process similar to that used to investigate complaints of profiling and the use of excessive force in other police departments across the country”
News of the investigation follows days of unrest in Ferguson, prompted by Brown’s death and the police department’s violent response to many mourners and protestors seeking justice for the family of the slain teen. The probe, though triggered by the events in Ferguson, will examine a number of police departments in St. Louis county to determine whether their policies and practices were the cause of civil rights violations. This investigation is the second from the Justice Department since the killing of Michael Brown; the department is also looking into whether offending Officer Darren Wilson violated Brown’s rights during the stop that resulted in the teen’s death. A separate grand jury is reportedly reviewing evidence that could also lead to charges against Wilson.
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