Government as the Extortionist
- 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.
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.
So, "If you don't agree to all these unspecified corrections, we'll sue you." And as most every municipality in the nation doesn't run itself as a "for-profit" business (this is different from the Chicago way of "enrich your buddies"), few if any could afford to go toe-to-toe with the feds on something like this. All over something that was completely preventable if only a "gentle giant" had in fact been (A) gentle and (B) law abiding. Oh yeah, and (C) everyone else looked at the facts instead of listening to the race-baiters.