FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The investigation into the Ferguson Police Department by the Department of Justice (DOJ) requires detailed information on policies and every officer in the department, as listed in a nine page document issued by the DOJ. In their request, the DOJ hopes to find the flaws within the department and hopes to alleviate them in order to better the community.
The nine page document by the DOJ requests detailed records for every officer and civilian employee employed by the Ferguson Police Department since January 1, 2010. The request also includes incident reports, complaints, investigations for all officer-involved shootings, and all uses of force in custody cases that resulted in a death from a decade back.
“It causes everybody, not just in the police department, to pay attention to these issues in a way that they’ve never done before,” said Washington University Law Professor Peter Joy.
The DOJ also requested a detailed breakdown of all traffic citations, warrants issued, stops, and detentions. Its intent is to examine the age and race of the defendants and the police officer(s) involved. They will focus on the accountability for officers who violate the rules, especially in regards to racial profiling. The DOJ conducted a similar investigation into the Las Vegas Police Department years ago in order to bring reform.
“There are a lot of practices that have gone on in Ferguson and a lot of the other municipalities in North County. Once you start to look at it, especially if you haven't experienced it, [you] wondering what's really going on,” said Professor Joy.