On Thursday, March 4 the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division released its report titled Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. The one sentence summary: “This investigation has revealed a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct within the Ferguson Police Department that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law.” Undoubtedly a lot will be written about this report. What the St. Louis area does with it is what will matter to those of us living here. Rather than something to hide from, the national exposure and bright light being shown on Ferguson, represents an opportunity to fix problems many in this region were well aware of prior to August 2014.
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