Department of Justice launches civil rights probe in Ferguson

Eric Holder | Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education/Flickr
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has called for an investigation into the Ferguson Police Department. | Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education/Flickr

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has opened a broader civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department following the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will look into whether Ferguson police have engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations.

Holder also announced a partnership between the DOJ and the St. Louis County Police Department to assess law enforcement’s response to demonstrations in Ferguson after Brown’s shooting.

The attorney general said the goal of the broader investigation, which will include examination of the department’s use of force, traffic stops, searches and arrests, is to establish new tactics and eliminate bias. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said Wednesday that the city has “nothing to hide” and welcomes the DOJ’s decision.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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