DOJ: Ferguson PD engaged in racially biased policing

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  1. Nemo

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/03/ferguson-justice-report/24320987/


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    WASHINGTON — A Justice Department review has found that Missouri's troubled Ferguson Police Department engaged in a broad pattern of racially biased enforcement that permeated the city's justice system, including the use of unreasonable force against African American suspects, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the findings.

    In 88% of cases in which Ferguson police documented the use of force, for example, that force was used against African Americans, according to the official who is not authorized to comment publicly. In addition, in all 14 canine bite incidents in which the suspect's race is known, the person bitten was African American.

    African Americans account for 67% of the population in Ferguson, but they accounted for 85% of the drivers stopped by police, 90% of the people issued tickets and 93% of the people arrested, a three-year examination of suspect stops found. When those cases reached the Municipal Court, authorities collected more fines for suspects' failure to appear than any other charge, mostly from the city's poorest and most vulnerable residents.

    African Americans were more than twice as likely than white drivers to be searched during vehicle stops, but 26% less likely to have contraband, the review found.

    The Ferguson Police Department often charged its black residents with petty crimes. African Americans accounted for 95% of the people charged with walking in the street and 92% of people charged with disturbing the peace.

    Investigators also recovered racially-charged st e-mails sent among employees of the police department and the Ferguson Municipal Court, which authorities said contributed to the alleged bias.

    Among the e-mails was a missive apparently sent soon after President Obama's 2008 election. It suggested that he would not remain long in the job because "what black man holds a steady job for four years.''

    Another May 2011 e-mail referred to an African-American woman receiving a "Crime-stoppers'' reward for terminating a pregnancy.

    The Justice findings, while not unexpected, come six months after the fatal shooting of a black teenager by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

    The full Justice Department report, which could be disclosed Wednesday, is the result of a broad examination of policing in Ferguson where the August shooting of Michael Brown prompted waves of protest across the country and a re-examination of law enforcement's relationships with minority communities.

    A separate government inquiry has been proceeding into the Aug. 9 incident in which Wilson, a white officer, fatally shot Brown. That inquiry, officials have said, is likely to result in no charges against Wilson, who has left the department. A St. Louis County grand jury elected late last year not to indict Wilson in the shooting.

    "This confirms what we have previously stated, that the actions of the killer of Michael Brown had to do with a systemic problem within the Ferguson Police Department," Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Brown's family, said of the Justice findings. "The report shows that there were others treated inappropriately like we feel Mike Brown was treated inappropriately."

    Similar cases in other cities indicate such problems are widespread, Crump said.

    "We have to work on a remedy to address this multi-city, multi-state epidemic all across America that has such adverse effects on communities of color and that is taking the lives of citizens," he said.

    Ferguson resident Iyanla Doyle, 24, said the findings confirm what she's already witnessed from living in the city.

    "It's beyond sad because Michael Brown wasn't the first black male who was killed by a police officer and he's not going to be the last," Doyle said. "They should look at all these police departments because everyone might be doing the same thing."

    She hopes the government will disband the Ferguson Police Department and bring in an outside agency.

    "We need officers who really care about people instead of making money and locking people up," she said.

    DeRay McKesson, 29, a Minneapolis schools human relations executive who joined the Ferguson protests, agrees.

    "The Ferguson Police Department shouldn't exist," McKesson said. "They have proven themselves incompetent and racist."

    The report shows Wilson "was not an exception, but he was the rule," McKesson said. "Systems and structures influence the way people act. And, the systems and structures in Ferguson empowered and protected Darren Wilson."
     
  2. Kool

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    I've mentined that they do a few times, glad it finally came out.
     
  3. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...what does any of this have to do with a thug committing a strong armed robbery and assaulting a cop before getting his ass shot?
     
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    Yep.

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    When reggies learn how to act like civilized humans they will be treated like civilized humans.

    Another May 2011 e-mail referred to an African-American woman receiving a "Crime-stoppers'' reward for terminating a pregnancy.

    Jackie Martling wrote that joke!
     
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    Is it the Reggie or the Egg?

    Maybe Ferguson has a disproportionate amount of Police activity towards blacks because blacks are constantly putting themselves in situations involving law enforcement.

    Oh wait, Police are "out to get" young black men. That's completely rational...
     
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    Interesting the DOJ released this the same day everyone in the news was talking about Clinton's AOL email account.
     
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    This a parting shot by Holder.
     
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    Whites would get pulled over more, but they keep their cars registered, insured, inspected and roadworthy.... Silly whitey.
     
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    If I were the police I would simply stop being as proactive in these areas and let the savages go wild, let them see why such a disproportionate amount of blacks were being stopped.
     
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    They want respect, their own society, their own rules, yet none are willing to work for it. Or more importantly, none are willing to work to get away from it.
     
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    African Americans accounted for 95% of the people charged with walking in the street

    LOl, who walks in the street? Black people, that's who. IDK why...but they do it constantly

    I'm more curious about the 5% of non blacks who they caught

    I've never seen a white person walking down the middle of the road....unless it was a homeless lunatic
     
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    How is this not revenge prosecution for the doj not pressing charges against Wilson? The doj couldn't lynch Wilson, so they go after an organization that has a conflict of interest in defense of this case with broad accusations. Why is it so unbelievable that 67% of residents make up 85+% of the crimes when, nationally, 13% of these same people make up over 50% of the prison population? Is holders organization also guilty of the same crime of which they accuse the ferguson pd?
     
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    FYI, anyone condemning the behavior in this video is a racist, and if a cop came in to intervene, he'd be super racist. :coffee: