A Justice Department investigation reveals the Ferguson Police Department’s pattern of racial bias and unconstitutional policing — targeting black residents with citations and fines that funded a fourth of the city’s budget.
Meanwhile, city employees dismissed fines for their white friends and relatives.
A sickening story of a corrupt city government whose behavior is so ingrained they thought nothing of forwarding racist emails and routinely shaking down black residents.
It’s no wonder violence boiled over during protests over Officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown. From The Atlantic magazine: