Holder’s Justice Dept. to investigate Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department

Holder’s Justice Dept. to investigate Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department

[Ed. – Fast and Furious or the IRS? Meh.]

The Department of Justice will launch a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by one of its white officers.

A government official briefed on the planned investigation told Fox News that the Justice Department’s civil rights division would be in charge of the probe. The inquiry is referred to as a “pattern and practice” investigation and will focus on the department’s policies, not possible individual wrongdoing.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate, narrower investigation into the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury is also considering whether to indict Wilson for the shooting, which which set off about two weeks of unrest in the streets of Ferguson and became a flashpoint in the national discussion of police treatment of minorities across the country. Two weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder visited the St. Louis suburb, where he met with investigators and Brown’s parents and shared personal experiences of having himself been mistreated by the police.

Holder is expected to formally announce the investigation at a press conference Thursday. The investigation was first reported by The Washington Post. The Associated Press reported that Missouri officials were notified of the new investigation Wednesday.

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