They’re planning to police of the departments nation wide on racism. Why don’t they use that time instead to investigate corruption within the departments? Then you could weed out ALL the bad seeds.
New reports about four police officers in Fort Lauderdale exchanging racially offensive text messages and a video that showed President Barack Obama with gold teeth could prove to be the latest test for how the Justice Department polices the nation’s local law enforcement agencies.
In the past five years the Justice Department has opened 20 investigations into local police departments — more than twice as many investigations than were opened in the previous five years, according to the department.
A Justice Department spokesperson says the majority of law enforcement agencies the department investigates agree to work with the department to correct patterns of officer misconduct — but when an agency refuses to correct the problems the Justice Department files suit against the agency.
Right now the Justice Department has suits pending against local law enforcement agencies in four jurisdictions — Maricopa, Arizona; Alamance, North Carolina; Colorado City, Arizona; and Meridian, Alabama.
In the case of the Fort Lauderdale officers — Jason Holding, James Wells and Christopher Sousa were fired and the fourth officer, Alex Alvarez, resigned.
The officers used racially derogatory terms to refer to people they encountered while on duty and talked about “killing n******,” according to investigative documents.
An official with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division tells CNN, “The department is monitoring the local investigation.”
Read more: CNN