Ferguson police, courts showed racial bias, Holder expected to report

Courtesy of Flickr/Jamelle Bouie
Courtesy of Flickr/Jamelle Bouie

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce today that the Department of Justice uncovered patterns of racial bias in Ferguson’s police and municipal court that violate the Constitution and federal law.

The report will suggest police in Ferguson disproportionately stopped African-Americans without reasonable suspicion, made arrests without probable cause and used force disproportionately against blacks, according to a source familiar with the investigation. It will also allege the department was more concerned with generating revenue than protecting safety of the citizens of the St. Louis suburb.

The Department of Justice investigation began after the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

Today’s announcement is expected to start negotiations between the Justice Department and city officials on a settlement for addressing the problems. Failure to reach a settlement could lead to a federal lawsuit.

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