Disband both Ferguson and St Louis County police departments and start new to build trust. Trust with the current departments is broken forever.
TheGuardian: An email suggesting that Barack Obama would not be president long – because “what black man holds a steady job for four years” – is among racist messages uncovered in a federal civil rights investigation into the police department of Ferguson, Missouri.
According to multiple accounts of a US Justice Department report, expected to be released on Wednesday, federal agents uncovered at least two municipal Ferguson emails containing racist language.
The identity of the author of the 2008 email referring to the president was not immediately clear, but the Justice Department report quotes emails between the police department and local court employees, officials told the Associated Press.
The report is said to conclude that Ferguson police officers disproportionately targeted African Americans with traffic tickets and other fines, and that the proceeds were used to balance the city budget.
The Ferguson police department could face fines or federal prosecution based on the report’s findings.