A Justice Department investigation launched amid allegations the Ferguson, Mo. police department grossly violated civil rights isn’t complete, but according to officials, the report is expected to fault the department for “disproportionately ticketing and arresting African-Americans” over the years.
According to the report, the racially biased traffic stops intensified years of racial animosity in the Missouri suburb. Those racial tensions imploded last summer after the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr. at the hands of a Ferguson police officer. Shortly after, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the investigation to examine the police department’s alleged violations.
Officials tell the New York Times that the report will force Ferguson authorities to negotiate a settlement with the Justice Department, or risk facing a lawsuit on civil rights charges for the violations detailed below:
While the Justice Department’s exact findings are not yet known, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who is expected to leave…
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