Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Is Anybody Surprised?

The Justice Department released their report on the Ferguson Police department yesterday....This unfortunately will have no bearing on the Michael Brown case....

A Justice Department civil rights investigation has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African-Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force, and jail sentences. 

The probe is the result of an investigation ordered by Attorney General Eric Holder after the police shooting that killed Michael Brown last summer. 

Among the findings, reviewed by CNN: from 2012 to 2014, 85% of people subject to vehicle stops by Ferguson police were African-American; 90% of those who received citations were black; and 93% of people arrested were black. This while 67% of the Ferguson population is black. 

It seems  that in 88% of the cases in which police the Ferguson police reported using force, it was against African-Americans. During the period 2012-2014 black drivers were twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during traffic stops, but 26% less likely to be found in possession of contraband. 

Blacks were disproportionately more likely to be cited for minor infractions: 95% of tickets for "manner of walking in roadway," essentially jaywalking, were against African Americans. Also, 94% of all "failure to comply" charges were filed against black people. 

The findings in the investigation were made public Wednesday, and the Justice Department is expected to pursue a court-supervised consent decree that requires the city of Ferguson to make changes to its police and courts. 

According to the findings, reviewed by CNN, African-Americans were 68% less likely to have their cases dismissed by a Ferguson municipal judge, and were overwhelmingly more likely to be arrested during traffic stops solely for an outstanding warrant by the Ferguson courts. 

The investigators found evidence of racist jokes being sent around by Ferguson police and court officials. One November 2008 email read in part that President Barack Obama wouldn't likely be President for long because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."

Another jokes that made the rounds on Ferguson government email in May 2011 said: "An African American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $3000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said: ''Crimestoppers.''

I have a question to ask....Is anybody surprised at  these findings? Anybody that is ,is pretty naive...People that live in St. Louis and that part of Missouri have long told me how racist that area is...I am not surprised...
Now in light of this climate...Is it no surprise that Michael Brown was gunned down by an officer who made up a story that no sensible person could possibly believe and got off scott free....

This report won't he;p Michael brown, won't get him any justice...Won't even remove the racist element from the Ferguson Police department..Essentially this report will do nothing...Unless it inspires that 67 percent of the population to get organized and to vote these people out of office and replace them with good people..I don't care what race they are...just better people than what you have right now...

If they aren't moved to action...then this report meant absolutely nothing.

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