With the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown and others last year still fresh in everyone’s minds and protests still going strong in Ferguson, the U.S. Government seems to be officially making a move.
The Department of Justice is reportedly preparing to sue the Ferguson Police Department for allegations of racial discrimination and will take action unless they change up their policies. Allegations against the department include targeting minorities for minor traffic infractions and locking them up if they couldn’t pay their fines. The Department of Justice would require court supervision to oversee changes to the police department.
Eric Holder, the Attorney General who’s getting ready to step down from office, hinted at this during an appearance at the National Press Club on Tuesday. “I think everybody will see when we announce our results that the process that we have engaged in is, as I said back at the time when I went to Ferguson, independent, thorough and based on all the facts,” he hinted. “And I am confident that people will be satisfied with the results that will be announced.”
The Black Lives Matter movement has picked up steam since the deaths of Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, and others, and if the Department of Justice goes through with this, it would be an extraordinary step in the right direction.