The U.S. Justice Department plans to open a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department after the August shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man in the St. Louis suburb, according to a report from the Washington Post.
The department’s Civil Rights Division will oversee the investigation, according to the Post, which cited unnamed federal law enforcement officials.
The Justice Department has already launched an investigation specifically into the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Brown’s death touched off several weeks of unrest in Ferguson. Preliminary autopsies commissioned by the family and the Justice Department found that Brown was shot six times.
A grand jury is poring over evidence and weighing whether to indict Wilson for any wrongdoing.
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. visited with officials in Ferguson in August, calling for tensions to ease in the city and for investigations into the Aug. 9 shooting to proceed.
News source courtesy of The Los Angeles Times!!!