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Justice Department to investigate police in Ferguson, Missouri

Demonstrators protest outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police department during the National March on Ferguson, August 30, 2014The Justice Department is to launch a civil rights investigation into the Missouri police department involved in the racially charged shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the Washington Post reported. Attorney General Eric Holder’s agency would probe police in Ferguson to see if there was evidence of a pattern of civil rights violations by the department, the Post reported citing two unnamed federal law enforcement officials. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, and subsequent violent protests, reopened a fierce national debate on race and the tactics used by police in dealing with minorities. The Justice Department probe could be announced as early as Thursday, the report said.

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