Justice report finds racial bias in Ferguson police: reports

Police guard the Ferguson police department as rioting erupts following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 24, 2014, in Ferguson, MissouriPolice in the Missouri town rocked by racially charged riots last year after the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer had routinely discriminated against African-Americans for years, media reports citing a Justice Department probe said Tuesday. The Justice Department investigation into the police department in Ferguson uncovered a widespread pattern of racial discrimination and multiple violations of citizens’ constitutional rights, several US media outlets reported. The findings, due out Wednesday, follow the August 9 shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in the St Louis suburb of 21,000 with a black majority population but an overwhelmingly white police force and city council. Hundreds of interviews, plus thousands of pages of official documents, indicated that Ferguson police officers regularly pulled over motorists without reasonable suspicion, carried out arrests without probable cause and used excessive force, according to the Washington Post and other news media.

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