Black People Politics : Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police dept not isolated

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    Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police dept not isolated


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    President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today's civil rights movement.

    Obama said improving civil rights and civil liberties with police is one of the areas that "requires collective action and mobilization" 50 years after pivotal civil rights marches brought change to the country. The president made his first remarks about this week's Justice Department report of racial bias in Ferguson, which found officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force ...

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    FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today’s civil rights movement. Obama said improving civil rights and civil liberties with police is one of the areas that “requires collective action and mobilization” 50 years after pivotal civil rights marches brought change to the country. The president made his first remarks about this week’s Justice Department report of racial bias in Ferguson, which found officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force. JACQUELYN MARTIN, FILE AP PHOTO

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    Holder: DOJ may dismantle Ferguson Police Dept.



    Holder says would break up Ferguson police if 'necessary'


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday the Justice Department would use its full authority to demand police reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, including possibly going so far as dismantling the department accused of racial bias.

    "We are prepared to use all the power that we have ... to ensure that the situation changes there," Holder told reporters.

    Asked if that included dismantling the Ferguson Police Department, Holder said, "If that's what's necessary, we're prepared to do that."

    Civil rights lawyers have previously said the county could absorb the functions of the Ferguson Police Department.


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    Attorney General Eric Holder walks to his car after talking with media as he arrives on Air Force One in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, March 6, 2015,with President Barack Obama, from Columbia, S.C., where the president participated in a town-hall meeting about the importance of community involvement.

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    Ferguson police chief stays on the job after federal report


    ... Knowles said city leaders are evaluating the Justice Department report "line by line" before deciding on reforms. His focus now is on understanding the report, then moving forward with whatever changes are needed.

    Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 201 …
    "I'm not here to just chop heads," Knowles said. "We have to evaluate everything in the report, pick out what are the systemic issues and what are the things we can fix."

    Jackson did not respond to interview requests on Friday but has repeatedly said he would not step down ...

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    The federal government probably won't dismantle the Ferguson police. That's a good thing.


    ... The Department of Justice doesn't have the power to dismantle local police departments at will. The way it's probably going to "work with" the City of Ferguson, as Holder also hinted today, is by drawing up an agreement where Ferguson's police would still be independent, but would be monitored by the DOJ. (The agreement would be enforced in federal court.) The feds would only take over if the city failed, and failed badly, to make the changes laid out in the agreement.

    This nearly happened in Oakland in 2012; as a compromise, the federal government fired the police chief but left the department under the city's control.But it was a full decade after the agreement was first signed ...

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    White House lockdown after loud noise is heard


    Washington (AFP) - The US Secret Service locked down the White House Saturday after a loud noise was heard as reporters gathered to await President Barack Obama and wife Michelle's departure for Selma, Alabama, a pool report said.

    The source of the noise was unclear ...

    http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-lockdown-loud-noise-heard-172247947.html

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    The US Secret Service locked down the Black House, seen here, Saturday after a loud noise was heard as reporters gathered to await President Barack Obama and wife Michelle's departure for Selma, Alabama, a pool report said (AFP Photo/Karen Bleier)

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