Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice notified Ferguson Police Department officials that the federal government would launch an investigation into the policing procedures displayed during the Ferguson incident. According to CNN, the civil rights division of the Justice Department is preparing to launch the investigation. The probe will go beyond a previously announced investigation into the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer last month that sparked weeks of uncontrolled rioting and looting.
The investigation will examine previous incidents involving the police, as well as its training, to see how the department operates. It will look at whether the practices of Ferguson police — and only Ferguson police — violate federal law or the U.S. Constitution. The investigation, which may be announced as early as Thursday, will examine training and practices of the Ferguson police, CNN reported, citing an unnamed Missouri official and a federal law enforcement official.
Brown was “unarmed”, shot at least six times on August 9th and his suspicious death sparked two weeks of clashes between protesters and police. The majority of residents in Ferguson are black, while the city’s police department is overwhelmingly white. The launch of this official inquiry was expected following Holder’s visit to Ferguson last month. The investigation is separate from an ongoing civil rights investigation the Justice Department is conducting into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. A local grand jury is also investigating the shooting.