The United States Department of Justice is expected to announce this week that an investigation of the Ferguson Police Department has uncovered a pattern of racial bias. Preliminary findings show that authorities in Ferguson pulled over African American drivers without reasonable suspicion, made arrests without probable cause and used unnecessary force. The report also indicates that the Ferguson municipal court violated the civil rights of African Americans in the St. Louis suburb.
Attorney General Eric Holder began an investigation into alleged claims of racism against the department following the shooting death of Michael Brown by former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. Wilson was cleared of wrong doing by a St. Louis County Grand Jury last November and will likely face no federal charges according to a separate report that is also expected to be released in the coming days.