The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places.
Ferguson’s new municipal judge ordered massive changes Monday in the city’s much-criticized municipal court, a move he said is aimed at restoring confidence in the system and easing the burden on needy defendants.
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Ferguson is paying an attorney $1,335 an hour to help the St. Louis suburb negotiate and possibly litigate reforms pressed by the Justice Department.
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Some say they hope the Justice Department will review court procedures.
The report will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists.
The U.S. Department of Justice is not expected to be kind to Ferguson police in it’s final report on the department.
The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics.
Though the grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, several federal investigations will proceed.