Police State/Civil Liberties

What the Department of Justice Data Shows


“Some one who doesn’t think Racism is systemic in America or even systemic in our Police systems explain to me why they disagree with the US Department of Justice. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is a federal executive department of the United States government responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice in the United States of America, and is equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries. I.e the folks who would be in charge. Folks are like, hey it is a few bad apples. Though the whole saying is a few bad apples ruins the whole bunch.

Which seems more likely because it doesn’t seem like there are a few bad police departments, it looks like the entire system is having some issues. Issues that are routinely uncovered and published by the DOJ.

For example Baltimore police routinely violated the constitutional rights of residents by conducting unlawful stops and using excessive force, according to the findings of a Justice Department probe. The report found major flaws in even the most basic modern policing practices, from arrests to use of force to basic interactions with the community. To make it worse, these findings are compounded by what appears to be purposeful, disproportionate targeting of the city’s black residents.

In a previous investigation, the Justice Department found the Cleveland Police Department frequently used excessive force. Before that, the Justice Department uncovered a pattern of racial bias and outright racism in the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department, which the local government used as a revenue-generating operation by tasking officers with essentially harassing poor people of color.

In Detroit, the Justice Department forced reforms on police after officers fatally shot 47 people in five years, including six who were unarmed. The overhaul took 11 years and eight police chiefs.
In Los Angeles, Justice intervened after police officers in an anti-gang unit were accused of beating and framing people. The reforms costs taxpayers an estimated $300 million.
In New Orleans, Justice stepped in to overhaul the police department after officers over 17 months shot 27 people, all of whom were black. The changes have fueled departures from the ranks and deterred some officers from proactive policing.
From 1995 – 2015, the DOJ has undertaken its deepest interventions at 16 departments that had patterns of excessive or deadly force, implementing reforms under the watch of independent monitors.

Can easily point to 67 more cases like this. How much evidence is needed?”

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