Part 1 revealed the daily abuses African-Americans suffered at the hands of the Ferguson police. Part 2 is about money. The more tickets the police wrote, the more money they made for the city. And the more brownie points they earned for themselves.
Stories from the DOJ report on the Ferguson Police’s grinding daily abuse of African-Americans — the kind of abuse that probably happens all over America.
In our excerpts from The Ferguson Report, Part 1: Breathing While Black, and Other Offenses, we presented a number of shocking incidents that showed what African-Americans were subjected to every day by the Ferguson Police Department. These outrages were driven by racism at its rawest. But there was another dimension to this predatory behavior: Money. The more tickets the police wrote, the more money they earned for the city. And the more brownie points they earned for themselves. In Part 2 of this two-part series, we present excerpts that show — in appalling detail — how those in authority encouraged illegal predation, and even threatened punishment for police officers who preferred to play it straight. We also present a short happy report on some of the dramatic reforms that are taking place.