(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department is getting close to releasing the report on its investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri police department. It’s expected to be critical of the department’s practices leading up to last year’s shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
The emotion that boiled over last summer had been simmering for a long time in Ferguson. For years, the report says according to The New York Times, the police created racial animosity within the city by pulling over and arresting African Americans disproportionately and relying on the fines to balance the city budget.
While officer Darren Wilson is expected to be cleared of civil rights charges in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, this report could lead to a lawsuit against or settlement with the city.
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