Just one day after the New York Times reported the Department of Justice was set to fault the Ferguson, Mo. police department for making racially biased traffic stops and arrests, an official report is confirming that officers routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city’s black residents.
The Justice Department report accuses the officers of making unjust traffic stops and using excessive force during arrests. The report comes after a months-long investigation sparked by the shooting death of Black teenager Michael Brown Jr. at the hands of Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer.
Shockingly, the report says the discrimination was perpetuated due to the racial stereotypes held by city officials. In one incident, officials distributed racially-tinged jokes on their city email accounts, including a jab at President Barack Obama and a joke suggesting abortion in the black community would reduce crime. According to the Washington Post, one 2008 email stated that…
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