Cold AGAIN/Justice Department Report on Ferguson/Top Phone Scams

Cold AGAIN/Justice Department Report on Ferguson/Top Phone Scams
(Source: WOIO)


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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with its findings.

The report, which Ferguson city officials said would be released Wednesday, marks the culmination of a months-long investigation into a police department that

and that commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, last summer.

It chronicles discriminatory practices across the city's criminal justice system, detailing problems from initial encounters with patrol officers to treatment in the municipal court and jail. Federal law enforcement officials described its contents on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before the report is released.

The full report could serve as a roadmap for significant changes by the department, if city officials accept its findings. Past federal investigations of local police departments have encouraged overhauls of fundamental police procedures such as traffic stops and the use of service weapons. The Justice Department maintains the right to sue police departments that resist making changes.

The city of Ferguson released a statement acknowledging that Justice Department officials supplied a copy of the report to the mayor, city manager, police chief and city attorney during a private meeting Tuesday in downtown St. Louis. The statement offered no details about the report, which the city said it was reviewing and would discuss Wednesday after the Justice Department makes it public.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warned of the top phone scams that are causing headaches and costing consumers thousands of dollars on Tuesday.

In 2014, The Ohio Attorney General Consumer Protection Section received around 1,200 complaints in phone scams.

DeWine's office has highlighted the top-five phone scams that are prevalent in Ohio.


to see all scams.

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