Eric Holder Prepared To Dismantle Ferguson Police Department

| by Karen Eisenberg
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United States Attorney General Eric Holder says he is fully prepared to dismantle one of the most polarizing police departments in America. 

A report issued by the Justice Department this week indicated that Ferguson, Missouri, police officers issued tickets to and arrested a large number of black residents.

CNN reports that in Ferguson, just over 67 percent of residents are black. The Justice Department report shows that 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of citations, 93 percent of arrests and 88 percent of use-of-force incidents involved African Americans.

Ferguson made headlines last August when Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black. The topic of police force and race became a national debate.

Holder said on Friday that the Justice Department will demand police reform in Ferguson, Missouri.

"We are prepared to use all the power that we have ... to ensure that the situation changes there," Holder said.

Asked if the Ferguson police department would be dismantled, Holder answered: "If that's what's necessary, we're prepared to do that."

The Justice Department plans to meet with Ferguson city officials in two weeks to discuss reform. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, the Justice Department can sue and force reform, according to Huffington Post.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department decided against holding Officer Darren Wilson accountable for any criminal charges in the killing of Michael Brown. In response, Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., issued a statement:

“We are encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color. It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson, but around the country. If that change happens, our son's death will not have been in vain."

Sources: Huffington Post, CNN / WikiCommons: www.flickr.com