Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric Holder today announced a Justice Department initiative to study racial bias in the police departments of five cities.
One division of the Department of Justice is in town with the goal of preventing any more rioting in Ferguson as the Michael Brown investigation continues.
The Justice Department has launched its investigation into police practices in Ferguson, and yesterday St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the DOJ will also look at practices in his department.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced the probe, saying that he and his department had heard numerous concerns from people in the St. Louis suburb about police practices, a history of “deep mistrust” and a lack of diversity on the police force.
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal says she’s heard over the last two weeks from many who feel they have been pulled over too many times or unfairly targeted.
The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Observers say the goal is to ensure that the truth about the killing is revealed, to ease racial tensions, and to reassure people that the investigation will be fair.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has asked for the Justice Department to arrange an autopsy on the body of Michael Brown by a federal medical examiner.
Statement: “Over the next several days, teams of FBI agents will be canvassing the neighborhood where the shooting took place…”
The family of a Missouri teenager fatally shot by police is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee a second autopsy.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill today spoke with Molly Moran, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice, on the status of a federal civil rights investigation.