Justice Department launches probe into Ferguson police
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 00:25
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will conduct a broad investigation into the actions of the Ferguson Police in wake of fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department has launched two initiatives to address concerns about police services in the city of Ferguson and in St. Louis County, Missouri.
In addition to the ongoing criminal civil rights investigation, the Civil Rights Division has opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into allegations of unlawful policing by the City of Ferguson Police Department.
Holder said he personally heard accounts during his recent trip to Ferguson that factored into his decision to launch this investigation.
"We have determined there is cause for the Justice Department to open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson police officials have engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the United States constitution or federal law," Holder said.
Holder says the investigation will look at whether officers of the Ferguson Police Department have engaged in systemic violations of the Constitution or federal law and will assess their use of force, stops, searches, arrests and treatment of detainees inside Ferguson's city jail by Ferguson police officers.
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