Justice Department May Sue Ferguson Police For Racial Discrimination (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department for the use of racially discriminatory practices by officers.

Sources told CNN the lawsuit will happen if the Ferguson Police Department does not agree to make changes on their own.

A decision on whether or not the Dept. of Justice will charge white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown is expected in the coming weeks, said Attorney General Eric Holder. The investigation by his office will also include a “broader probe” of the Ferguson Police Department.

While it is likely Wilson will not be charged for Brown’s shooting, the Justice Department is expected to release findings that display an alleged pattern of discriminatory tactics used by the Ferguson police.

If the Ferguson Police Department does not agree to review and revise the inappropriate tactics found by the Justice Department, the lawsuit will go forward.

"I have received nothing new,” Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told CNN when asked for comment. “Everything they suggested in the past has been reasonable and we have tried to comply."

The lawsuit could include allegations that Ferguson Police Officers targeted minorities in issuing minor traffic infractions and then jailed them if they were unable to pay the fines, reports Huffington Post.

The Justice Department would require court supervision of changes made at the Ferguson Police Department to improve how they manage the minority communities they are obligated to protect.

"I think everybody will see when we announce our results that the process that we have engaged in is, as I said back at the time when I went to Ferguson, independent, thorough and based on all the facts," Holder said. "And I am confident that people will be satisfied with the results that will be announced."

Sources: CNN, Huffington Post / Photo Source: Wikipedia Commons