The Justice Department has finally had enough of Ferguson’s bullsh*t. The Civil Rights Division has announced it intends to launch a full-scale investigation into allegations that the police department has a longstanding systemic pattern of civil rights abuses.
Just one of many examples is an African-American man who was wrongfully arrested, brutally beaten, and then charged with destruction of government property because he had the audacity to get some of his blood on the uniforms of the officers who were assaulting him. His case is just one of numerous officers being sued for using excessive force.
One former officer involved in the beating is now a city councilwoman.
Another officer, Justin Cosma, is facing allegations that he abused and “hog-tied” a small child who was doing nothing more than checking the mail at the end of his driveway, and is named in a $40 million civil rights suit filed by Ferguson protesters because of his involvement in the deprivation of demonstrators’ rights.
The Justice Department, along with the FBI, has been investigating Michael Brown’s murder, but this new investigation would broaden the scope. The probe will look not only at Ferguson, but other police departments in St. Louis County.
The city of Ferguson is nearly 70 percent black, as opposed to only three of its police officers — a problem similar to that of Jennings, Missouri. In 2011, Darren Wilson, the officer who shot unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown, lost his job along with the rest of the department because of rampant and widespread civil rights abuses and corruption.
Watch a report on the probe, via MSNBC: