Carolyn Kellogg, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
(The L.A. Times)—New Press will publish the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department” and bring it to bookstores in July. The report, the result of a six-month DOJ investigation, found rampant injustice in the Missouri town where police shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Introducing the report when it was issued online in March, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder described Ferguson as: “A community where local authorities consistently approached law enforcement not as a means for protecting public safety, but as a way to generate revenue. A community where both policing and municipal court practices were found to disproportionately harm African American residents. A community where this harm frequently appears to stem, at least in part, from racial bias — both implicit and explicit. And a community where all of these conditions, unlawful practices and constitutional violations have not only severely undermined the public trust, eroded police legitimacy and made local residents less safe — but created an intensely charged atmosphere where people feel under assault and under siege by those charged to serve and protect them.”