Since I’ve actually read the report I feel I can stand justified my opinions I now put forth.
I don’t think the Holder DoJ is a good one and I especially think Eric Holders history in the context of police and civil rights is a sloppy one. I find Holder specifically to have a zeal for race issues that fails to be connected to law.
I think the percentages that are quoted from the report are grossly misinterpreted.
I think the USA has many municipalities that use their police and code enforcement arms for revenue production.
I think entities sworn to find fault as a means to justify their existence will rarely if ever not find fault.
Here we go…
Holder has a history of being hyper focused on race issues. He in no small part cut his teeth on the issue with the successful reproach of the LAPD back in the day. Irony of that was that sizable funds were diverted from policing that would’ve clearly benefitted the minority communities and dumped into mind numbing compliance administrative work.
From the report
Data collected by the Ferguson Police Department from 2012 to 2014 shows that African Americans account for 85% of vehicle stops, 90% of citations, and 93% of arrests made by FPD officers, despite comprising only 67% of Ferguson’s population.
That’s far from the only stats list but it does appear to be the money shot. It is the weakest part of the report in my opinion and I think that weakness is why it also seems to be the part the anti-Obamanites latch onto so vocally. Those percentages are aligned quite well and could just as easily demonstrate proper profiling and policing on behalf of the FPD.
But there’s the rub. When you look at the data of the city budget and the workings of the Municipal Court you see where no matter the race of those brought forth there is an obvious Constitution crushing cash factory happening. I would put it to people that race could be taken off the table entirely and that Ferguson should be screwed tight for the actions of its court.
The DoJ Civil Rights Division is meant to find injustices against minorities. Not unlike how depending on the Oval occupant the DoL NLRB is meant to toss advantage to the unions it is an entity that if it looks it will find.
Mores the pity for with Ferguson MO the headlines is somehow this is a shame because blacks are injured. The truth of Ferguson and the DoJ report is that the Constitution was injured.
We would do well as a country if we’d put the latter first and foremost. Perhaps then we could truly be the United States of America.