The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri after officials there rejected an agreement to retool their police and court systems. The DOJ alleges black citizens were unfairly targeted.
“There is no price for constitutional policing,” says Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “We intend to aggressively prosecute this case and I have no doubt that we will prevail.”
The lawsuit comes a year and a half after the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by officer Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. Since his death and the non-indictment of Wilson, multiple lawsuits have been filed, but only since May of last year have any been moved from state to federal court.