The Justice Department recently completed a report accusing the Ferguson of making discriminatory traffic stops of African Americans. The report also criticizes the city for allowing this to happen and even allowing the fines to balance the city's budget. For the people of Ferguson, African Americans make up about 63% of the population but the police department and local government are predominantly white. In addition, for those that cannot afford to pay their tickets due to traffic stops, there is a higher chance for imprisonment of these individuals because of mounting fines. In this city and other surrounding areas, the police have stopped black people at a significantly higher rate than whites. The Justice Department noted, "the disparity is stark and unremitting."
Despite the fact that the shooting of Michael Brown occurred about half a year ago, the Ferguson police don't seem to respond to the influx of protests. What other actions can be taken in order to limit the targeting of these minority groups?
Eric Holder became the nation's first black attorney general in 2009 and as Obama's emissary to Ferguson, he helped calm tensions amid protests after the shooting. This Ferguson case will be the last in a long line of civil rights cases into police departments that Mr. Holder has directed since he's leaving office in just a few weeks. How do you think his leave might affect the people of Ferguson or other civil rights cases related to racism for that matter?
What are your thoughts on what actions the Justice Department might take?