The Justice Department must thoroughly review the Ferguson Police Department to determine whether there’s a pattern of excessive use of force, mistreatment of prisoners, or racial profiling in its searches and arrests, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a letter Tuesday.
“I am writing to express my strong support for the Department of Justice investigation into whether the Ferguson Police Department has engaged in discriminatory policing practices,” wrote Boxer, D-Calif. “It is imperative that we find out if there is a pattern and practice of civil rights violations in Ferguson.”
Boxer noted a lack of diversity on the St. Louis suburb’s police force. “As part of this probe, I would urge you to determine whether the lack of diversity in the Ferguson Police Department contributed to the culture of distrust between local residents and police.”
Meanwhile, here’s how some Bay Area House members reacted on Twitter to the Ferguson situation:
Beyond disappointed in lack of #Justice4MikeBrown. We must demand change & work to end racial & structural bias in a peaceful manner.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 25, 2014
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 25, 2014
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. #FergusonDecision
— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) November 25, 2014
Only love can overcome hate. Only nonviolence can overcome violence. #FergusonDecision
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) November 25, 2014