Probe Confirms Racial Bias In Ferguson, White Officer Cleared
The much-awaited probe regarding possible racial bias in Ferguson, Missouri, has vindicated the assertion from many residents in the city that police has created a “toxic environment” within the area, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. However, the probe has refused to bring charges against the white police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown, Reuters reported.
“This investigation found a community that was deeply polarized; a community where deep distrust and hostility often characterized interactions between police and area residents,” Holder said, speaking to reporters.
“Of course, violence is never justified,” he added. “But seen in this context, amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg.”
His claims are consistent with records that show 85 percent of total charges and 90 percent of arrests comprise individuals from black communities, despite the fact that African Americans make up only 67 percent of the population.
Holder called for an immediate and a holistic change Ferguson operations.
“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Holder said, as quoted by the Associated Press.
Call for Police Chief Resignation
The report recommended the resignation of Police Chief Tom Jackson and his fellow leaders.
“He absolutely should not have that job anymore,” St. Louis-area lawyer Brendan Roediger said.
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., parents of the slain Michael Brown, had expressed how disappointed they were that charges were not brought against Darren Wilson.
However, they still presented a silver lining, “If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.”
Jeff Roorda, St. Louis Police Officers Association spokesman, advised that instead of a blame game going on, citizens should focus more on dealing with a “mature, frank conversation in the country about why kids like Michael Brown … end up in deadly confrontations with police.”