Justice Department: Ferguson has ‘pattern and practice’ of discrimination

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FERGUSON, Missouri- A Justice Department civil rights investigation has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and the city’s municipal court engaged in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force, and jail sentences, according to a U.S. law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

The probe is the result of an investigation ordered by Attorney General Eric Holder after the police shooting that killed Michael Brown last summer. Among the findings, reviewed by CNN: from 2012 to 2014, 85% of people subject to vehicle stops by Ferguson police were African American; 90% of those who received citations were black; and 93% of people arrested were black. This while 67% of the Ferguson population is black.

In December, the Department of Justice revealed its findings into the Cleveland Division of Police in response to a 2012 chase and shooting. The report said police engaged “in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force.”

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