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Racial Justice Update: The DOJ Ferguson Report

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By Greg Lipper

At the first installment in our Racial Justice Series, we talked about racism, recent events in Ferguson and elsewhere, and how lawyers can address these issues. This week, lawyers at the DOJ Civil Rights Division issued a lengthy, scathing report on law-enforcement practices in Ferguson.

We’ve collected a variety of links to coverage of the report and its implications for the legal system:

Release of the Report

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department – DOJ Civil Rights Division

Ferguson Police Tainted by Bias, Justice Department Says – N.Y. Times

The Gangsters of Ferguson – Ta-Nahisi Coates/The Atlantic

Reactions in Ferguson… and Beyond

Silence in Ferguson, and Defiance Elsewhere, In Wake of DOJ Report – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ferguson Mayor Says Scathing DOJ Report ‘Not Proof’ of Widespread Abuses – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Problem Is Way Bigger Than Ferguson, Justice Department Report Reveals – Huffington Post

Ferguson’s Neighbors In St. Louis County Greet Damning DOJ Report With A Shrug – Huffington Post

Reforming Ferguson Law Enforcement

Policing Task Force Recommends Body Cams, Better Reporting, More Sleep For Officers – Huffington Post

Some in Ferguson Who Are Part of Problem Are Asked to Help Solve It – N.Y. Times

After the Justice Department Report, What’s Next for Ferguson? – Washington Post

The Federal Government Probably Won’t Dismantle the Ferguson Police. That’s a Good Thing – Vox

The Ferguson Court System

Nixon calls for improving Missouri courts after DOJ report on Ferguson – St. Louis Public Radio

Two Police Officers, Court Clerk Out at Ferguson Over Racist Emails – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ferguson Judge Behind Aggressive Fines Policy Owes $170,000 in Unpaid Taxes – The Guardian

Greg Lipper is our Communications Director. By day, he is a litigator at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. You can follow him on Twitter at @theglipper.