Justice Department launches Ferguson police inquiry
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The Justice Department has opened a broad investigation into allegations of unlawful police tactics in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson's police chief says he welcomes the investigation.
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00:01 This newest civil rights investigation is separate from an ongoing
00:05 civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the August 9 shooting
00:09 -- Michael Brown. -- officer Darren Wilson. A local grand jury
00:13 is also investigating. So what do Ferguson city leaders have to
00:16 say about being put under the Department of Justice microscope. Mr.
00:20 -- Casey Nolan talk with the chief of police today. This
00:23 I -- when both the chief and the mayor case say
00:25 the person they will cooperate fully with the Department of Justice
00:28 in fact the chief says. The department sees this investigation more
00:31 like assistance from the federal government. But the attorney general says
00:34 the combination of factors prompted this investigation. What the age you
00:38 heard firsthand from people in person when he was here two
00:41 weeks ago demographic data and allegations and lawsuits against the first
00:45 -- department. The Justice Department -- this will assess the use
00:49 of force and Ferguson -- stops and searches and look at.
00:53 How those arrested are treated in the Ferguson jail and look
00:56 at potentially. What they're calling discriminatory. Tactics and techniques the first
01:01 and chief. Believes all this we'll show what his department is
01:05 doing right. I think there's there is lesson in the community
01:10 that is. We'll be distrustful right now. In light of some
01:16 of the events in recent weeks. But we've already started to.
01:21 To build and can work on programs and training and and
01:24 practices to I had to trying to. Help rebuild the trust
01:27 in that portion of community. Do you feel like Tuesday's. Com
01:30 and specific civil rights problem in the first and police department
01:34 knowing tuna. -- attorney general says if what they find leads
01:39 them to other surrounding departments in the investigation could expand. Two
01:43 other departments also the Saint Louis county police chief. Volunteered to
01:46 have the county police department of involved in this process K
01:49 and the attorney generals calling that a collaboration. You know all
01:53 the was in town visited Ferguson a couple of weeks back
01:56 I'm curious if we'll ever find out whether that had any
01:58 bearing. On the fact that this second investigation I I think
02:02 we saw in his press conference today that is certainly did.