No Charges in Ferguson, But...
- The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it will not prosecute former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, while also releasing a report faulting the city and its law enforcement for racial bias.
In the criminal investigation, federal officials concluded Wilson's actions "do not constitute prosecutable violations under the applicable federal criminal rights statute."
Specifically, the DOJ said there was "no evidence" to disprove Wilson's testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot.
- Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says one police department employee was fired and two others are on administrative leave over racist emails uncovered in a Justice Department investigation into the city's law enforcement practices.
Knowles' comments at a press conference Wednesday were the first response from city leaders to the federal investigation that found systemic racial bias in law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Knowles read a brief statement but did not take questions. Police Chief Tom Jackson did not attend.
The Justice Department report said police work was focused on generating revenue from black residents from fines and fees, rather than protecting the community.
Well, based on that, shouldn't there be a full investigation of Rahm and Daley? Get a load of these lines from the article:
- Officials announced 26 recommendations, including training officers in how to de-escalate confrontations [verbal judo? "Roadhouse" training? Legitimacy training?]
- banning the use of ticketing and arrest quotas, for the police force and municipal court. [quotas? Not in my town, not in my department, but if you want that time off, you better print up a copy of your activity officer....why are your Contact Cards down?]
- While the federal government declined to prosecute Wilson, it found the shooting occurred in an environment of systematic mistreatment of blacks, in which officials swapped racist emails and jokes without punishment... [one of whom was fired and two who are suspended - none of whom seem to be police officers though?]
- ...and black residents were disproportionately stopped and searched without good reason, fined for petty offenses and subjected to excessive police force. [Um...proportionally which part of the population? Proportionally committing what percentage of crimes? Proportionally charged with fighting or resisting lawful arrests? Let's see all the numbers please]
- The report on the department found its lack of racial diversity — only four of 54 commissioned officers are black — undermined community trust. [We want the most qualified police officers available! Oh, well now we want it "reflective" of the community.]
- It also said the city relied heavily on fines for raise revenue and issued arrest warrants for minor infractions including jaywalking and late fees. [um....ANOV warrants anyone?]
More of the report reads like many IPRA complaints - one individual making allegations not substantiated by evidence, witnesses or pretty much anything, and a section of tortured statistics. The section regarding seven (that's right...7) racist e-mails is pretty solid, and as the mayor said, one employee has been fired and two others suspended, but none seem to be sworn police officers. But it's Eric Holder's last hurrah. After running guns to Mexican drug lords, railroading an entire police department with one-sided statistics is a walk in the park.
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