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Video: DOJ Sues Ferguson After Council Votes to Revise Consent Decree

February 12, 2016  | 

VIDEO: DOJ Sues Ferguson After Council Votes to Revise Consent Decree

The U.S. Department of Justice accused Ferguson of numerous constitutional violations in a 56-page lawsuit filed Wednesday, saying that the City Council had in fact rejected a proposed agreement the night before — despite Ferguson officials repeated claims to the contrary, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Ferguson City Council approved a revised version of a consent decree it had worked out with the department, but one revision eliminated the so-called "poison pill" clause that made the decree apply to any other agency providing policing in Ferguson.

That change would have allowed Ferguson to circumvent most of the decree by disbanding its police department.

At a news conference Wednesday, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III insisted that the City Council had "unanimously voted in favor of the most expansive and comprehensive consent decree issued to date."

Two hours later and 800 miles away in Washington, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also stood before reporters, taking issue with Knowles' description.

"The City Council rejected the consent decree approved by their own negotiators," she said. "Their decision leaves us no further choice."

Lynch referenced the Justice Department investigation that began shortly after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. It "uncovered a community in distress, in which residents felt under assault by their own police force," she said.

She said the police department's violations were expansive, deliberate, egregious, and routine.

In her remarks on Wednesday, Lynch said Ferguson residents had waited decades for justice and "should not be forced to wait any longer."

Comments (6)

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FDC @ 2/13/2016 7:37 AM

It "uncovered a community in distress, in which residents felt under assault by their own police force," she said. Of course the black citizens are going to say that because it justifies their burning and looting of their own community. This is a bunch of garbage and they should go in and bulldoze the entire community so they can start over!

J.Johnson, retired Deputy @ 2/13/2016 7:50 AM

Fine, then disband the Police Dept and let the " community in distress" start policing their own. Will not be long before these same people are "demanding" that something be done because of the criminal behavior of their own people living in the same community. Give the people what they want and in a short time they will realize they made a mistake.

J.Johnson @ 2/13/2016 7:54 AM

Or better yet, since the Feds seem to think they know how to better police, than let them. Disband the local Police Dept. and let the US Marshals and the FBI start answering the calls for service. They would not like that and the community would definitely not like to deal with Federal law.

Leonard @ 2/13/2016 8:57 AM

Apparently the clowns that have responded thus far don't know the difference between predatory policing and good policing. The police in Ferguson were used as a revenue collection arm targeting the minority community. The number of arrests that were issue in that community was obscene and discriminatory. It highlights exactly what is wrong with the way we police in this country to the extreme. The citizens of Ferguson wanted good policing, not the crap that they were doing. Apparently some on this site have forgotten what good policing is.

Leonard @ 2/13/2016 8:57 AM

An yes..disband the entire police force, the whole barrel is rotten and corrupt.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/27/2016 9:33 PM

Leonard, that is enough. Shut your stupid trap and go hang out on cop block, a fit place for a fool like you. Officer Darren Wilson did a very heroic action by shooting his attacker, Mike "thug" Brown. I'm not going to bother explaining it to you, I'll just wear out my fingers typing. Every Officer with the Ferguson PD is very brave for staying. I might have given up and left. Ah, yes, the DOJ. Apparently they've been so busy prosecuting Police Officers, they haven't had time to prosecute a single child porn case in well over two years! They are devoting their time to ruining as many Police Officers as they can.

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