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Justice Department Has ‘Strong’ Position Against Ferguson in Lawsuit

Justice Department Has ‘Strong’ Position Against Ferguson in Lawsuit

The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

The city took a high stakes gamble by rejecting a settlement with the federal government.

As a result, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Ferguson. The department will look to prove in court the same constitutional violations it’s already alleged on paper: Baseless stops and searches of Black drivers, excessive use of force by officers and a profit-driven court system reliant on fines for petty violations.

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