WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, over unconstitutional policing.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the federal lawsuit during a press conference Wednesday evening. The announcement came after the Ferguson City Council voted to change a proposed consent decree negotiated with the federal government to address a pattern of racial bias in the city’s law enforcement practices.
“Their decision leaves us no further choice,” Lynch said of the city council’s 6-0 vote to change some of the terms of the consent decree, a vote that occurred Tuesday.
Lynch expressed “disappointment” at the vote and regarded it as “unfortunate,” laying blame on the city council for choosing litigation over negotiations.