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    US Attorney General Eric Holder said that the common Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department practice of using Tasers against local residents is dangerous.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The common Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department (FPD) practice of using Tasers against local residents is dangerous, US Attorney General Eric Holder told journalists.

    “The police department’s routine use of Tasers was found to be not merely unconstitutional, but abusive and dangerous,” Holder said on Wednesday.

    The US Justice Department (DOJ) conducted an investigation into FPD practices following the police killing of an unarmed teenager Michael Brown in 2014. The findings revealed many instances of excessive force, such as stops or arrests that had no legal basis, according to the DOJ.

    Almost 90 percent of force was directed against African Americans, the report said.

    “This behavior not only exacerbates tensions in its own right; it has the effect of stifling community confidence that’s absolutely vital for effective policing,” Holder added.

    The killing of Michael Brown stirred mass protests in Ferguson and in cities across the United States that focused the nation’s attention on police brutality and race relations.


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