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1 SoCaroLion  Mar 4, 2015 5:12:45am

I’m looking forward to reading the actual report. As of 8:15 am today, Wednesday, the report is not yet available on justice.gov.

It’ll be interesting to learn the specific evidence indicating the pattern of discrimination within the St. Louis PD, especially in light of the fact that the DOJ ultimately did not bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson.

2 Thanos  Mar 4, 2015 8:17:22am

No single incident demonstrates an institutionalized pattern of civil rights violations. So think of Michael Brown as the hair that broke the camel’s back - it was the demonstrations that followed as well as the wholly inappropriate responses from the Ferguson PD that most likely caused the investigation. By demonstrating that they have an us/them mentality during the civil unrest the Ferguson PD practically screamed to authorities to come investigate them. Because the unrest continued and did not abate, the persistent cries from the community also showed that this wasn’t about a single incident at all.

All you have to do to see why this investigation was necessary is to contrast how KCK and KCMO police are perceived in their communities to the way Ferguson PD officers are perceived.

3 SoCaroLion  Mar 4, 2015 10:26:01am

Thanos,

I work in the residential architectural design industry. Consequently, I generally read each issue of Architect Magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects. Last summer, editor-in-chief, Ned Kramer, having been raised St. Louis, shed some light on the demographics of Ferguson (and greater St. Louis) and how they became so segregated.

It was an interesting editorial from a relatively unlikely source. Here it is…

5 lostlakehiker  Mar 4, 2015 3:51:07pm

One of the unfortunate things about this situation is that Ferguson seems to be like a lot of small towns in that there are only a few people who bother to vote and they tend to be the ones who have a lot at stake in keeping things the way they are.

The simplest fix for institutional racism in Ferguson city government would seem on its face to be that the voters there should remove the officeholders and replace them with ones who will energetically set things right, and pronto.

They had elections in November. By now, this should all have just been history. Maybe there was a new broom come through Ferguson, but going by recent news coverage, it doesn’t sound like it.

One of the basic rules of democracy is that the vote is presumptively the will of the people. Even if most people didn’t vote. The alternative to that could only be a wild tussle over who gets to say what the will of the people really is. The winner of the tussle is just as likely to be a self-dealer as the collective of the few who do vote.


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