The Department of Justice on Wednesday released the much-anticipated report of its investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. While the DOJ did not charge former police Officer Darren Wilson in connection with the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead in August, its separate, 102-page report reveals some shocking insights into racial tension between the department's majority white cops and the community's black residents.
Some experts said the costs of correcting the damage may cause the city to consider eliminating its small police department, and contracting with another law enforcement agency.
Here are some of the worst offenses detailed in the report:
Ferguson officials routinely sent racist emails:
There's a double standard within Ferguson officials who see blacks as lacking "personal responsibility," yet it was common for officials to write off tickets for their own friends:
Department of Justice's conclusion on the role of "personal responsibility" in Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/FmFLRz3kTI
Here's one example in which a Ferguson prosecutor dismissed a red light ticket for a judge:
Ferguson prosecutor —who serves as a prosecutor in a neighboring town — dismissed a ticket for Ferguson’s judge. pic.twitter.com/g7EdwEAvLh
A woman once called Ferguson police to report a domestic violence incident, but the police ended up arresting her instead:
— Madeline Marshall (@Maddie_Marshall) March 4, 2015
Officials questioned the policy of fining the city's poor residents for infractions, saying: "How can you get blood from a turnip?"
— STL Public Radio (@stlpublicradio) March 4, 2015
Yet the city encouraged ways to increase revenues and find new ways to fine residents:
Ferguson municipal court judge was hailed for figuring out new ways to gouge residents for cash pic.twitter.com/KXpM2DdrDj
Officials used racial slurs against residents:
"N****r, I can find something to lock you up on." pic.twitter.com/pBbN419vrg
The DOJ investigation shows that Ferguson officials' bad actions have significant, life-altering, consequences for residents:
How "routine misconduct" by Ferguson police can ruin someone's life. pic.twitter.com/B8ixH2oGgL
Officials routinely deployed canines against black Ferguson residents:
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 4, 2015
Read more about the DOJ investigation here and the full report below:
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