ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson leaders said Thursday they haven’t heard from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding two federal investigations, one into the shooting death of Michael Brown in August and the other into the practices of the city’s police department.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Holder said he expects the Justice Department to announce the results of those investigations before he leaves office. His successor will likely be confirmed within weeks.
Ferguson City Attorney Stephanie Karr and Mayor James Knowles III said they have not been contacted by the Department of Justice about any findings, nor given a timeline for completion of the investigations, which began soon after Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson officer, fatally shot the unarmed, black 18-year-old on Aug. 9.
The shooting raised concerns about the racial makeup of the mostly white police department and its relationship with the suburban St. Louis community, which is about two-thirds black. A St. Louis County grand jury in November declined to indict Wilson.
“They have not contacted us,” Knowles said. “We haven’t had any recent conversations with the Department of Justice so we don’t know what they’re going to say.”
Knowles said city leaders have cooperated fully, but conversations with justice officials have been few since the early days of the investigation. He said the only recommendations given to Ferguson so far came months ago, when justice officials told officers they must wear their name tags while working, but avoid wearing bracelets in support of Wilson when on duty.
“We’ve heard nothing about any wholesale changes they see as necessary for our police department,” Knowles said.
Justice officials are conducting a “patterns and practices” investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, and a separate investigation to determine if Wilson violated Brown’s civil rights. Wilson resigned from the force in November, days after the grand jury announcement, which set off looting and fires that destroyed several businesses in and around Ferguson.
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Remembering Mike Brown On His 19th Birthday (May 20, 1996- August 9, 2014)
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1. Mike Brown, just a normal 18-year-old on his way to college
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2. Mike Brown playing around with a family member
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3. Mike Brown's mother Lesley McFadden and father, Michael Brown, Sr. at a press conference.
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4. Lesley McSpadden, Mike Brown's mother and his stepfather, Louis Head, comfort each other after his death.
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5. Residents of Ferguson, Missouri create a memorial where Mike Brown was killed.
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6. Clergy and residents gather in Ferguson.
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7. Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson.
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8. Police and protestors come face to face in Ferguson.
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9. Riot police on the scene in Ferguson, Missouri.
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10. Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
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12. Peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri.
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13. Howard University students stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.
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14. National Moment of Silence protest around the country, this one shut down Times Square
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15. Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson changes the police tone in Ferguson, Missouri.
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16. Milwaukee, Wisconsin protestors stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.
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17. Out of the mouths of babes.
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18. A candle for peace glows as part of a vigil in St. Louis
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19. Teens in Philadelphia observe the NMOS'14. It's all about LOVE.
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20. Mike Brown allegedly involved in store confrontation/robbery before his death.
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21. Police stats from Ferguson, Missouri.
Source:Mother Jones infographic
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22. Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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23. Police officers confront protesters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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25. Police shoot pepper spray toward protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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26. In this aerial photo,people look at a row of charred cars at a used car dealership, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo.
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27. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Dallas, TX.
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28. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Atlanta, Georgia.
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29. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Boston, Massachusetts.
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30. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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