Probe of Ferguson police could spur broad change
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.