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Ferguson Mayor Questions ‘Assertions’ in DOJ Report

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles has been speaking out this week about the DOJ report on racially-motivated policing, and in one interview he questioned some of the “assertions” made in the report.

Earlier this week, Knowles addressed the media about the report, announced action being taken against the individuals who sent the racist emails, and said, “This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson Police Department, or in any department in the city of Ferguson.”

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As for the DOJ’s findings about the Ferguson police targeting black people and giving them multiple citations for revenue-raising purposes, Knowles told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the “assertion” it happens regularly needs to be scrutinized a bit more.

“Do they have a statistic that tells me that they’ve examined every arrest that we’ve made for the past four years,” he asked, “and that half, or all, or 10 percent, or 5 percent are unconstitutional or without cause? They do not have that. They have not examined at that level that I know of at this point.”

He said the DOJ report shows no concrete “proof” and suggested “there is probably another side to all of these stories.”

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