The U.S. Justice Department has nearly finished a report that accuses police in Ferguson, Mo. of making discriminatory traffic stops of African-Americans which has created racial hostility in the city, according to the New York Times.
The report details that Ferguson police have unfairly arrested and ticketed African-Americans and used the fines to balance the city’s budget. The report, to be released early this week, will force Ferguson officials to negotiate a settlement with the Justice Department or be sued by the department for civil rights charges.
The critical report captures the racial tensions expressed in the predominantly black city run by a mostly white government and police force. The findings put into perspective the reasoning behind the shooting of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, last summer that ignited a series of protests in the city. Ferguson’s police department is currently in hot water over its policing and treatment of citizens and prisoners in local jails. This report and future expected findings on Ferguson policing tactics will undoubtedly change the controversial police department for the better.