Department of Justice
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles read a brief statement but did not take questions.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon released the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“It also really does say that the narrative that came out from people like Dorian Johnson and the ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ that that narrative was simply false,” Wilson’s attorney Neil Bruntrager says.
The U.S. Department of Justice has released the findings of its investigation into Ferguson government, including the police department, confirming a pattern of racial discrimination.
The Justice Department says it won’t prosecute former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old that led to weeks of protests.
St. Louis County officials say they are ready to step up and do what is needed as a result of the DOJ’s findings on the Ferguson police and court system.
“It will either bankrupt them by having to fight it, or it will bankrupt them by having to comply with it,” says former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.
The U.S. Department of Justice is not expected to be kind to Ferguson police in it’s final report on the department.
Ferguson City Attorney Stephanie Karr and Mayor James Knowles III said they have not been contacted by the Department of Justice about any findings, nor given a timeline for completion of the investigations.
According to CNN, the issue at stake is “a pattern of racially discriminatory tactics used by officers within the Ferguson Police Department.”