Department of Justice
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.”
Speaking Tuesday at the National Press Club, Holder said in response to a question that the reviews were underway and that he expected to “make those calls before I leave office.”
Five in custody, one is sought overseas
Even though the last couple of nights have been quiet on the streets of North County, there are renewed worries about the possibility of rioting and unrest after news that Darren Wilson is unlikely to face charges for violating the civil rights of Michael Brown.
Justice Department autopsy found Brown died from multiple gunshot wounds and had severe head and chest injuries, minor gunshot wound to his right hand.