What To Know About The Ferguson Police Department
Five days after an officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., protesters continue to clash with police. The riots and violence have highlighted the small police department in the St. Louis suburb of about 20,000. The demographics of the Ferguson police to not represent the community. The small city of Ferguson has changed from predominantly white to having a majority black population in the last few decades. In 1970, Ferguson was 99% white; now, the city has a 29% white population and 67% black. The police department, however, does not reflect the demographics of the town’s residents — only three of the 53-officer department are black. The police chief, Thomas Jackson, is white. According to the state attorney general, last year, black residents accounted for 86% of the vehicle stops made by Ferguson police and nearly 93% of the arrests made from those stop.
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