Justice Dept. Could Sue Ferguson for Racial Discrimination

Evan Perez and Alexandra Jaffe, CNN, February 19, 2015

The Justice Department is preparing to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over a pattern of racially discriminatory tactics used by officers, if the police department does not agree to make changes on its own, sources tell CNN.

Attorney General Eric Holder said this week he expects to announce the results of the department’s investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown and a broader probe of the Ferguson Police Department before he leaves office in the coming weeks.

{snip} The Justice Department is expected to announce it won’t charge Wilson for the shooting, but it’s also expected to outline findings that allege a pattern of discriminatory tactics used by the Ferguson police.

If they don’t agree to review and revise those tactics, sources say, the Justice Department would sue to force changes in the department.

Asked to comment, Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson told CNN’s Sara Sidner, “I have received nothing new.

“Everything they suggested in the past has been reasonable and we have tried to comply.”

​Among the issues expected to be part of the Justice Department’s lawsuit are allegations made in a recent lawsuit filed by a group of low-income people who claimed officers in Ferguson and nearby Jennings targeted minorities with minor traffic infractions and then jailed them when they couldn’t pay fines.

The Justice Department action would ask for court supervision of changes at the Ferguson Police Department to improve how police deal with the minority communities they are supposed to protect. ​

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  • Evidently it’s going to be about these municipalities being speed traps and ticket revenue whores. That sort of thing should have been addressed a long time ago. I disagree strongly in trying to make it a racial issue, because the all but the most prosperous white municipalities in St. Louis County are the same way.

    If a municipality is almost entirely dependent on ticket and fine revenue, as are the postage stamp dime a dozen ones in North County, and even the bigger ones like Ferguson rely on them for 15% of its budget, then they really ought to disincorporate.

    • The problem with speed-trap revenue is that people wise-up and start avoiding those areas. This accelerates the decline of the retail sector, which cuts into sales tax revenues. There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch, even for municipalities.

      • The problem is that there are so many speed traps in St. Louis County especially North County that the only way to avoid the speed traps is to avoid North County, which is sorta hard to do if you live there.

        • John Smith

          I avoided N. County by not living there when I was in St. Louis and absolutely avoided it whenever I drove through thereafter. I don’t believe there’s anything left for whites there anymore and those that remain should get a clue.

      • newscomments70

        I live near two freeways: a toll road and a run-down interstate. The wealthier whites and Asians use the toll road. Poor and working Mexicans, and similar use the free road. The highway patrol sets up speed traps on the toll road to rake in the cash. They completely avoid the free road and allow the various third worlders to do ANYTHING they want. The police target middle class whites because they are easy targets; they allow the third world to destroy the country.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          Same thing here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whites are the only ones with money. They let the foreigners do what they want. Whites have lived here all their life, so they have no excuse for not knowing and obeying the laws. Foreigners don’t know the laws here, so they don’t have to follow them. A Mexican pulled over for speeding in a school zone in an unregistered car with no insurance or drivers license gets to go free, but a white male who drives 5mph over the speed limit on the freeway on Sunday at 7am gets a ticket.

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  • Adam Skylinks

    If the Department of Justice is going to sue Ferguson, it should start with George Soros.

  • JohnEngelman

    The Ferguson Police have been found guilty of discriminating against criminals.

  • LiberalismFailed

    In Attorney General Holder’s view, it doesn’t matter how many black people are speeding, driving without a license/suspended/revoked, or how many vehicle infractions there are: if enforcing the law leads to a “disparate impact” then it is racist and must be stopped.

  • Easyrhino

    These people are impossible to please and it’s going to be a no-win situation.

    If the White cops in Ferguson were smart they’d find employment somewhere else and leave the ferals in Ferguson to police themselves.

    • John Smith

      Just like the black bachelor show, they’d have a hard time finding enough negroes w/o felony convictions to hire.

  • Luca

    1. Arresting blacks is racist and has a disparate impact on them.
    2. Throwing them in jail separates families and creates single-parent families.
    3. If Whites arm and defend themselves, they become outcasts and are called names.
    4. I don’t care about number 3 anymore.

    • DoYouKnowShitFuck?

      Blacks are responsible for over half of all murders and robberies in the US despite comprising only 13 percent of the population. You’re stupid if you DON’T carry a gun when in a predominantly black area.

  • MekongDelta69

    Eric Hold ‘Em Up has been drooling about doing this since last summer.

    • HE2

      Probably why he, to this date, has not stepped down. Surely his mud ugly separated at birth twin replacement is fired up and ready to hit the ground running.
      Let us hope the Ferguson P.D. and officials have the courage to circle the wagons, continue to enforce the rule of law and ignore these ignoramus race baiters.

  • dd121

    I thought Holder was replaced. Why does he keep talking? All I know is that if the South had won, Holder and his marxist buddies wouldn’t be an issue.

    • President Obola’s problem is now that nobody of Holder’s ilk will pass a Senate confirmation hearing. I suspect that Holder wanted a US Supreme Court slot, but he won’t get that from a GOP Senate. He’s therefore staying put as A.G.

  • Puggg

    This is a pattern with the Justice Department. They’ll swoop in after the hype dies down and get all these agencies to agree to consent decrees.

  • superlloyd

    Holder’s justice department has failed in every effort so far in his racial vendetta for the justified killing of a black criminal run amok. Let’s hope this legal thuggery fails,too.

  • TruthBeTold

    Holder has to save face before the black community. He has to give them something so they can keep the ‘racism’ narrative alive when they talk about this case in the future.

    If he didn’t, people talking about this case could say, ‘racism was never proven’.

    Now blacks can keep the race narrative alive.

    • Tarczan

      Yup, the Feds have to come out of this with some kind of scalp.

  • Ograf

    So in conclusion a Ferguson police officer gets attacked by an individual who just robbed and bullied a convenient store owner. Then this individual tried to take the police officers gun. The thug gets shot dead. The conclusion is the thug is a hero and the cops are wrong. What a crock of pure unadulterated BS.

  • Here’s another consideration.

    Let’s say the DOJ does sue Ferguson and the P.D. The case will have to be at the Federal court house in St. Louis, because Ferguson is in the Eastern District of Missouri Federal trial level district. Jurors can be from anywhere in the district, which means much of the eastern half of the state, though from what I understand, the Feds are loath to issue Federal jury duty summonses to people who live too far outstate.

    Point is, St. Louisans and suburbanites and exurbanites and rural Missourians close to St. Louis would be on the jury. I think this is a case Ferguson could easily beat back.

  • WR_the_realist

    Eric Holder is still at it. He’s not the slightest bit concerned about whites murdered by blacks, but won’t let go of a case where a white cop had to shoot a black thug in self defense. Resign, Eric Holder. For real, this time.

  • Bryan Dennis

    I wish somebody with capacity and necessary skill sets in research, statistics and quantitative reasoning would embark on the creation of a book which would aim to express the impact of African people on the U.S.A as a whole from the day they got off the boat until 2015. I want to know how many rapes, how many dollars and how many people they have killed. Of course we should take into account the relatively few years they were in slavery and include lost wages, deducting for their room and board which was was free of charge and the money that MANY were paid. Add up all the stolen property, the welfare and special programs. The cost of the crime they generate. I just want to know how much we have paid in money, blood and the sexual purity of our daughters and mothers. I think if one were to calculate it out the results would stagger the imagination. In a million different ways, this country has been bled. From the classroom your kids sit in, to the unconstitutional laws being past as a consequence of filling a country with 3rd world foreigners.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    The Ferguson Police Department should agree to “eliminate racism” the day that nigros cease to stop dominate all violent and property crime statistics…

    • Ringo Lennon

      They forced me out of my neighborhood with their crime. Which made me a racist for life. The media was silent, BTW.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        I don’t think you are a “racist,” I think you are courageous and perspicacious…

  • AndrewInterrupted

    That is so typical of the MUGgers (minority underlying government) to float a nothing ball, then use the nothing ball as grounds. The “Chief Instigator”, Eric Holder has no choice but to exonerate Darren Wilson, then out of the other side of his mouth cried racism. MUGgers have no shame, no honor. No honesty among MUGgers.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    You probably moved to an adjacent county each time: You need to move TWO or THREE counties away, in order to avoid the Black Plague…

    • John Smith

      Except, by that time, you better have an at-home business, have won the lottery, or have three to four hours to spend commuting and vehicle with a turbodiesel.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        True enough: You may take a “hit” in your standard of living. (I speak from experience, because I moved about six counties from St. Louis City…)

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Let them sue. Bring it on Brotha Holder

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “The Justice Department is expected to announce it won’t charge Wilson for the shooting, but it’s also expected to outline findings that allege a pattern of discriminatory tactics used by the Ferguson police.”

    Grabbing at straws, and making mountains out of molehills.

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  • Fr. John+

    ‘Racism’ is a made-up term, that has no foundation in either the Scriptures, the Common Law tradition, or the historical self-identification of the West, until the Bolsheviks (all of whom were of a foreign ethnos) invented it (Trotsky- ne Lev Bronstein, was the first to use it to propagandistic advantage!) to stilfe all criticism of their genocidal aims towards the White Russians of their day!

    A book written called ‘Racism-Schmasism’ clearly shows how this is an ‘INVENTED TERM’ – just as bogus as the ‘invented sin’. Ego te absolvo, Whites of America. Racism DOES NOT EXIST, because it is ubiquitous in every melanin group on the planet. And, if we ALL share it, you can’t blame Whites for having it! Q.E.D.

  • Alfonso Bergamo

    If Obama and Holder had their way they would make us White people slaves…. You keep voting for blacks and this is just the beginning

  • DoYouKnowShitFuck?

    So criminals who don’t pay their fines shouldn’t have warrants issued? So basically blacks want to continue to break the law, not be held accountable for anything, and cry racism about everything. Shocking. Blacks are responsible for over half of all murders and robberies in the US despite comprising only 13 percent of the population. They are grossly over represented in every other category as well. Get yourselves together, quit developing and celebrating a culture of violence and depravity. Everyone has started to wake up to the real problem in this country and the real problem in this country is black culture.