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DOJ to open "broad civil rights investigation" of Ferguson police

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    The investigation is in addition to a Justice Department probe into whether Officer Darren Wilson, who fired the fatal shots, violated Brown’s civil rights. The new probe will look more broadly at whether the department employed policies and practices that resulted in a pattern of civil rights violations.

    The Washington Post reported Saturday that five current and one former member of the Ferguson police force face pending federal lawsuits claiming they used excessive force. The lawsuits, as well as more than a half-dozen internal investigations, include claims that individual officers separately hog-tied a 12-year-old boy who was checking his family mailbox, pistol-whipped children and used a stun gun on a mentally ill man who died as a result.

    Investigation will also look at police forces around St. Louis County.
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