Probe of Ferguson police could spur broad change

2 years 2 weeks 1 day ago November 18, 2014 Nov 18, 2014 Tuesday, November 18 2014 Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:11:00 PM CST in News
By: Eric Tucker, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - As local authorities in Missouri near the end of their investigation into the Ferguson shooting, a separate federal review of the police department could hold the potential for longer-lasting change.

A county grand jury is expected to announce its findings soon in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

Separately, the Justice Department is investigating the practices of the police department, looking for problems in how officers in the predominantly white department interact with the majority-black community.

Whether or not officer Darren Wilson faces criminal prosecution, the civil rights investigation is expected to continue and could dictate changes in how officers carry out fundamental tasks.

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