In Ferguson, scathing U.S. report brings pressure for change

A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops and citations for infractions as petty as walking down the middle of the street. With scathing findings of a months-long investigation being released, attention now turns to Ferguson as the city confronts how to fix racial biases that the federal government says are deeply rooted in the police department, court and jail.

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U.S. Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Mo., details racial bias

Ferguson, Mo., is one-third white, but black people accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of tickets and 93 percent of arrests. Blacks accounted for 95 percent of all jaywalking arrests. The racial disparity was so stark that the Justice Department has concluded in a report scheduled for release Wednesday that the Ferguson Police Department was routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black residents.

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