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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: Ferguson Police Department Needs to Be Shut Down

While the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Ferguson Police Department ended up clearing Officer Darren Wilson for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, it did find evidence of the department’s discriminatory practices against black residents.

Along with a plethora of questionable practices, the report also found racially-charged emails between officers comparing black people to chimpanzees.

The scathing report has CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wondering why the Ferguson department doesn’t close up shop and merge into other jurisdictions, as has been suggested before.

“The scope of the racism and the appalling behavior is worse than I expected, and I think what really needs to happen is the Ferguson Police Department needs to be shut down,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. “Other communities have done it; it would probably save the taxpayers’ money. It is time for real change. They could be absorbed into other police districts, and somebody needs to have some accountability here. And given the scope, it seems like the entire police department should pay a price, and the citizens of Ferguson would probably be better off as a result.”

Following the Ferguson mayor’s press conference, Toobin lambasted the “pitiful” nature of it.

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