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Justice Dept. to Probe Ferguson Police Practices


The U.S. Department of Justice is beginning a wide-ranging investigation into the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri.

The probe comes after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the investigation Thursday afternoon. It will look at the police department's practices over the past few years, including patterns of stops, arrests, and use of force, as well as the training the officers receive.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said he welcomed the probe.

"We've been doing everything we can to become a professional police department and a professional city," The New York Times quoted Jackson.

"We have no intentional policies or procedures which discriminated or violated civil rights. But if we have anything there which may unintentionally do that, we need to know about it," he said./P>

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