9 Things We Learned from the DOJ's Report on the Ferguson Police

In the last five years, the Department of Justice has launched federal investigations into more than 20 police departments nationwide to examine potentially racist practices. After Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ opened an investigation looking into possible discriminatory practices from that department. The findings were staggering. Flip through our gallery to see the 9 most shocking facts that the report uncovered.

Taylor Lewis Mar, 04, 2015

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Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson resigned today after the DOJ's scathing report

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The population of Ferguson is 67 percent Black, yet Black people account for 93 percent of the city's arrests.

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In 88 percent of instances where force was used during a police-related confrontation, a Black suspect was involved.

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Ninety-two percent of all cases involving warrants involve Black people.

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From April to September of last year, 95 percent of people who were jailed for more than two days were Black.

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The city's Black residents account for 13 of the 14 cases that involve an attack by a police dog.

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Black people account for 85 percent of traffic stops throughout the city.

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Police officers routinely emailed racist jokes to one another (using their government-issued email accounts), including one in 2008 that stated President Obama wouldn't remain president because "what Black man holds a steady job for four years?"

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Petty crimes, such as jaywalking and noise violations, were more likely to be pursued when they involved a Black resident. Ninety-five percent of jaywalkers who were issued citations were Black. Ninety-two percent of those charged with "disturbing the peace" were Black residents.

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If arrested, Black residents are 68 percent less likely than Whites to have their case dismissed.


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