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Excerpt: "The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to sue the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over allegations of racially discriminatory practices unless the police force agrees to make changes, CNN reported on Wednesday."

Ferguson police using military equipment to crack down on the community's protests. (photo: ivn.us)
Ferguson police using military equipment to crack down on the community's protests. (photo: ivn.us)


U.S. Preparing to Sue Ferguson Police Over Charges of Racial Bias

By Reuters

20 February 15

 

he U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to sue the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over allegations of racially discriminatory practices unless the police force agrees to make changes, CNN reported on Wednesday.

The network, citing sources, said the Justice Department would not charge the white Ferguson police officer involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August but was expected to outline allegations of discriminatory Ferguson police tactics.

The department would file suit if Ferguson police did not agree to review and change those tactics, CNN reported.

The shooting of Brown last August by officer Darren Wilson led to months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and galvanized critics of the treatment by police and the U.S. criminal justice system of blacks and other minority groups.

A St. Louis County grand jury decided last year not to prosecute Wilson, who has since left the Ferguson police force. The Justice Department has been conducting probes of the shooting and the operations of the Ferguson police force.

Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on the CNN report.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is preparing to leave office, said earlier this month he hoped to complete the civil rights investigation of the shooting before he steps down.

CNN said the potential Justice Department lawsuit could include allegations that police targeted minorities in issuing minor traffic infractions and then jailed them if they could not pay the fines.

It reported the agency would seek court supervision of changes taken by Ferguson police to improve its dealings with minorities.

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-4 # arquebus 2015-02-20 13:48
Does anyone know of a city or county who does not jail people who fail to pay the fines when they get a traffic ticket?
 
 
+4 # edensasp 2015-02-20 13:56
Yes.
 
 
+1 # djnova50 2015-02-20 18:18
My city/county will give a person every opportunity to pay a fine. Even offering deferment plans for speeding tickets has been happening. My supervisor got a speeding ticket in another city within the county. She was given a 6 month deferment and if she did not get stopped for speeding within that period, her ticket would be forgiven and not go on her driving record.
 
 
+2 # Merlin 2015-02-20 18:07
arquebus
Yes!

Look into the traffic camera debacle in LA within the last 5 or so years. Millions of dollars were not paid by a huge number of people. LA had to stop using the cameras and dropped the whole thing including all the tickets.

Its a good idea to look up google on an issue that you have questions on, before you post.

Because of the ease of finding info, I have to question your sincerity in asking this question. It sounds like you are being "in your face," in a sneaky way. If so it came back to bite you on this one,

Please correct me if I am wrong.
 

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