Democratic congressman wants Ferguson police force disbanded

By REUTERS
December 5, 2014 05:14

The US congressman for Ferguson, Missouri, said on Thursday he hopes the Justice Department disbands the city's police department after the recent shooting of Michael Brown, and turns law enforcement duties over to St. Louis County Police.

Representative Lacy Clay, a Democrat, said he believes the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson is only one example of the mostly white department's "oppressive" treatment of blacks.

The Justice Department is still conducting its own probes into Brown's death and the Ferguson police, despite a St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to prosecute Wilson.

"With the patterns and practice investigation, I would hope that the Ferguson Police Department would be dissolved and the duties and responsibilities of policing Ferguson would be turned over to the St. Louis County police," Clay said in an interview.

"They are working towards being a more diverse police force, St. Louis County is. And I think they have a little more professionalism, as well as training necessary to police diverse communities," Clay said.


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