The Justice Department will soon release a report condemning the Ferguson, Mo., police department for actions that helped to foster bitterness within the city’s black community ahead of last year's high-profile shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer, according to The New York Times.
Racial tension in Ferguson came to a head last summer after then-officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in an altercation. A grand jury declined to charge Wilson, finding his use of force was justified. But many civil rights activists and others in the black community believe Wilson overreacted and that Brown didn’t pose a true threat to him.
The paper previously reported that the Justice Department will not charge Wilson for violating Brown’s civil rights, but the department hasn’t yet closed that case.
Last week, the agency closed a three-year investigation into a neighborhood watchman who shot and killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, announcing that George Zimmerman will not face federal civil rights charges.
Those charges hold a high burden of proof and since that decision, both Martin’s father and Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderDems fear divisions will persist after DNC chair election Michael Moore touts Ellison for DNC chair: ‘We need fresh blood’ How the candidates for DNC chair stack up ahead of Saturday's vote MORE called to re-evaluate hate crime standards.